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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.

Audit Committee
4th Meeting, 2008

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 agenda item 5 in private.

2. Section 22 Report on Western Isles Health Board: The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into the Auditor General for Scotland’s Section 22 Report on the 2006/07 Audit of the Western Isles Health Board from—

Dick Manson, former Chief Executive and David Currie, former Chair, NHS Western Isles.

3. Scottish Future Trust: The Committee will consider a paper from the Auditor General for Scotland regarding the Scottish Government’s proposal to establish a Scottish Futures Trust.

4. Audit Scotland Work Programme: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland regarding Audit Scotland’s forthcoming review of drugs expenditure.

5. Overview of Scotland’s health and performance of the NHS: The Committee will consider its approach to a forthcoming evidence session with the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Overview of Scotland’s health and the performance of the NHS". (AGS/2007/10).

6. Section 22 Report on Western Isles Health Board (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 2 and decide the next steps in its inquiry.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
5th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Curriculum for Excellence: The Committee will take evidence from—

Alison Coull, Deputy Director, Curriculum Division, Schools Directorate, The Scottish Government; Chris McIlroy, Chief Inspector, HMIE; and Alan Armstrong, Director of Education Improvement, Learning and Teaching Scotland;

and then from—

Christine Carlin, Deputy Director, Qualification and Skills Division, Schools Directorate, The Scottish Government; and Gill Stewart, Depute Director, National Qualifications, Scottish Qualifications Authority.

2. Proposed subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider a letter from Fiona Hyslop MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning) and Fergus Ewing MSP (Minister for Community Safety) on the Scottish Government’s proposals to create an Order which exempts colleges from the independence requirement of the charity test.

Health and Sport Committee
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regualtions 2008 (SSI 2008/13); and

the National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/14)

and may take evidence from Neil Rennick, Head of Older Peoples Unit, Community Care Division, and John Stirling, Policy Officer, Community Care Policy on Older People Branch, Scottish Government.

2. Pathways into sport inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from Rhona Martin MBE.

3. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider approach papers on its inquiries into health inequalities and the balance of health care in the context of its overall work programme.

Local Government and Communities Committee
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3, and all future items where it considers its draft report on its inquiry into planning application processes (Menie estate), in private.

2. Fuel poverty: The Committee will take evidence from—

Ian Brown, Chief Executive, Solas Scotland, Howard Marshall, Director, BEST Energy and Jim Ramsay, Operations Manager, McSense Heatwise Ltd.

3. Planning application processes (Menie estate): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Dr Martin Fair, St Andrew’s Church, Arbroath

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Accident and Emergency Reviews

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill—

S3M-1366 Nicola Sturgeon: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill—

S3M-1062 John Swinney: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill, agrees to any expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund for a new purpose in consequence of the Act.

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-1433 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 5 March 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Borders Rail Link

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Organ Donation Taskforce Report

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 6 March 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Law Commission’s Report on Rape and Sexual Offences

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: OECD Review of Scotland’s Rural Policy

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: Report on the Consultation on the Proposed Strategy for Enhancing Equal Opportunities for Scotland’s Ministerial Appointments Process

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 12 March 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 13 March 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Liberal Democrats 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 Motions—

S3M-1426 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 be approved.

S3M-1427 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Supplemental Provisions) Order 2008 be approved.

S3M-1428 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 Fixed Penalty Order 2008 be approved.

S3M-1429 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Valuation and Rating (Exempted Classes) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

S3M-1430 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985 (Low Income, Low Asset Debtors etc.) Regulations 2008 be approved.

S3M-1435 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2007 Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-1096 John Scott: Recreational Sea Angling—That the Parliament notes the economic and social importance of recreational sea angling to communities along the west coast and across Scotland; further notes that around 225,000 people participate in the sport annually with an average spend of £1,375 for boat anglers and £861 for shore anglers; recognises that most species of interest to sea anglers have limited commercial value and are returned alive to the sea, representing an excellent financial return for "Scotland plc"; affirms the extremely low environmental cost of recreational sea angling which is at the forefront of sustainable fishing and especially welcomes the Give Fish a Chance initiative from the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network, encouraging anglers to keep only those fish which have reached breeding size; regrets the substantial decline of the sport and supporting industries, notably on the Firth of Clyde, due to a loss of stocks with a number of species becoming extinct locally or reduced to the point where only juvenile specimens are now being caught; notes with concern the critically endangered status of key species, such as common skate, porbeagle and spurdog, which bring sea anglers to Scotland, and considers that work between the Scottish Government, sea angling bodies and other relevant agencies should continue to ensure the conservation of key species and the continued growth of sea angling in Scotland.

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