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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.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

David Cameron, Vice President, Association of Directors of Education in Scotland; Jane Liddell, Head of Education Quality and Development, North Lanarkshire Council; and Linda Kinney, Head of Learning and Development, Children’s Services, Stirling Council;

and then from—

Larry Flanagan, Education Committee Convener, The Educational Institute of Scotland; Brian Cooklin, President, Headteachers’ Association of Scotland; and Gordon Smith, Past President, Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland.

2. Panjabi language examination: The Committee will consider a letter from Dr Manjit Singh Devgun, President of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Glasgow, on the provision of a Panjabi language examination at S1-S6 level in Scottish schools.

Local Government and Communities Committee
8th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Housing and Regeneration Bill (UK Parliament Legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 10.1 from—

Stewart Maxwell MSP (Minister for Communities and Sport) and Rachel England, Policy Analyst, Social Housing Division, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Stewart Maxwell MSP (Minister for Communities and Sport) and Rachel England, Policy Analyst, Social Housing Division, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Stewart Maxwell MSP (Minister for Communities and Sport) to move S3M-01364—

That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

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

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (Alteration of Housing Finance Arrangements) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/28);

the Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/32); and

the Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contibution Limits (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/34).

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
5th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Flooding and flood management inquiry - witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsibility for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses in the inquiry.

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

Chris Spray, Director of Environmental Science, and David Faichney, Flood Unit Manager, Scottish Environment Protection Agency

and then from—

Assistant Chief Constable Ewan Stewart and Superintendent James Urquhart (Grampian Police), Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, and David Wynne (Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service), Chief Fire Officers Association of Scotland.

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

Environment Act 1995: The UK Strategy for Radioactive Discharges – Draft Statutory Guidance (SG 2008/13)

and the following negative instrument—

the Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/29).

4. Petitions: The Committee will review progress with the following public petitions—

PE799 from Tom Vella-Boyle supporting proposals by the Community of Arran Seabed Trust for a no-take zone and a marine protected area in Lamlash Bay; and

PE956 from Mary Douglas and PE982 from B Linden Jarvis on ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Firth of Forth.

5. 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.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
4th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.45 am in Committee Room 6

1. Tourism inquiry - Growing Pains: can we achieve a 50% growth in tourist revenue by 2015?: The Committee will take evidence on ease of investment and wider issues as part of its tourism inquiry, from—

Sandy Orr, Executive Chairman, City Inn Ltd;

Dr Maurice Taylor, Chief Executive, Chardon Leisure;

Jerome Mayhew, Director of Business Development and Risk Management, Go Ape!;

Kenneth Clark, Head of Tourism, Scottish Development International;

Stewart Selbie, Area Manager, The Westin Turnberry Resort; and

David T G Reid, Partner, Knight Frank LLP.

Not before 12.15 pm

2. Subordinate legislation: Jim Mather MSP (Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism) to move S3M-01275—

That the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee recommends that the draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: Jim Mather MSP (Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism) to move S3M-01375—

That the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee recommends that the draft Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Health and Sport Committee
7th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.45 am in Committee Room 5

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

the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/27);

and will take evidence from Deirdre Watt, Team Leader and Anne MacLeod, Policy Officer, Community Pharmacy and Primary Care Infrastructure Branch, Catriona Hayes, Statistician, Health Analytical Services Division and David Smith, Solicitor, Health and Community Care Division, Scottish Government.

2. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions:

PE789 by Eric Brown calling for the Scottish Parliament to take a view regarding the need for regulation to ensure that methadone prescriptions are taken by the patient while supervised by a suitable qualified medical practitioner.

PE808 Lillian Lawson, on behalf of the Scottish Council on Deafness, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to develop and establish a specialist inpatient mental health unit for deaf and deafblind people and to provide resources (e.g. training) for mainstream psychiatric services in the community to make them more accessible to deaf and deafblind people in Scotland.

3. Public Health etc (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft Stage 1 report.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Jane Bentley, Scottish Interfaith Council Youth Steering Committee

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—

S3M-1484 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 March 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Independent Scrutiny

followed by Debate on the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/36) and the draft Home Detention Curfew Licence (Amendment of Specified Days) (Scotland) Order 2008

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Pensions Bill – UK Legislation

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 Debate: National Parks

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 19 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 20 March 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

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-1487 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Suspension of Standing Orders—That the Parliament agrees that for the purposes of allowing up to 60 minutes to debate motion S3M-1486 on Wednesday 12 March 2008, the second and third sentences of Rule 10.4.4 of Standing Orders be suspended.

S3M-1485 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 28 March 2008.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-1028 Trish Godman: Scottish Wheelchair Users and their Human Rights—That the Parliament commends The Herald for alerting the public to the ofttimes severe distress and denial of human rights inflicted upon Scottish wheelchair users by the insensitive, penny-pinching and uncaring approach by those in authority to their legitimate expectations and requirements anent the design of wheelchairs and their manufacture, adaptability to individual needs and maintenance programmes; notes that the charity, Quarriers, in West Renfrewshire, has stated that, of 105 wheelchair users recently interviewed, over 50 said that their wheelchairs were unfit for purpose and is firmly of the view that this state of affairs is unacceptable in modern Scotland; believes that our wheelchair users should be provided with wheelchairs that equal the best provided elsewhere in Europe; considers that the recommendations contained in the document Moving Forward: Review of NHS Wheelchair and Seating Services in Scotland should be implemented forthwith, and reminds all such strategic decision-makers involved in these matters that the goal should be to offer the best services attainable so that Scottish wheelchair users can lead tolerable lives in their communities.

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