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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.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 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 transport, infrastructure and wider issues as part of its tourism inquiry, from—

John Boyle, Chairman, The Hamilton Portfolio Ltd;

David West, Managing Director, Loch Lomond Sea Planes Ltd;

Peter Williams, Commercial Director, FirstScotrail;

Robin Worsnop, Managing Director, Rabbie’s Trail Burners Ltd;

Neil Wells, Managing Director, MF Wells (Hotels) Ltd;

Rebecca Brooks, Director, JAC Travel Scotland Ltd;

and then on the use and impact of events, and wider issues, as part of its tourism inquiry, from—

Stuart Turner, International Events Director - Sport, EventScotland;

Peter Irvine, Managing Director, Unique Events;

Fiona Hampton, Director of Highland 2007;

Gavin Hastings, Chairman, Platinum One (Scotland) Ltd;

Jean Urquhart, Vice Convener, The Highland Council;

Ken Hay, Chief Executive, Scottish Screen.

2. The black economy: The Committee will consider a briefing paper from Scotland’s Futures Forum.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
7th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Creative industries: The Committee will take evidence from—

Adrian Gillespie, Director of Electronic Markets, Scottish Enterprise; and Calum Davidson, Head of Knowledge Economy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

and then from—

Richard Marsham, Managing Partner, The Leith Agency; Neil Butler, Director, UZ Events; and Dave Clarke, Managing Director, Slam Events Ltd and Soma Recordings Ltd.

3. Creative Scotland Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Bill at Stage 1.

Local Government and Communities Committee
10th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Planning application processes (Menie estate): The Committee will consider any further actions consequent on the publication of its report on Planning Application Processes (Menie estate).

2. Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

Alan Leaman, Director of Corporate Affairs, Association of British Insurers, and Ian Ferguson, Director of Commercial Underwriting Strategy, Norwich Union

and then, not before 11.00 am, from—

Michael Russell MSP, Minister for Environment, Bob Irvine, Deputy Director Water Industry, and Judith Tracey, Flooding Policy Manager, Scottish Government;

and decide whether to consider a draft report in private at future meetings.

2. Rural housing inquiry: The Committee will consider a paper updating it on progress with the inquiry.

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

the Water Environment (Diffuse Pollution) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/54);

the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants (Scotland) Amendment Scheme 2008 (SSI 2008/58);

the Agricultural Processing, Marketing and Co-operation Grants (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/64);

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/65); and

the Leader Grants (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/66).

4. 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.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Tony Benn

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Curriculum for Excellence

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Housing and Regeneration Bill – UK Legislation—

S3M-1582 Nicola Sturgeon: Housing and Regeneration Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions in the Housing and Regeneration Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 15 November 2007, relating to the executive competence of Scottish Ministers to enter into agreements for the provision of services with the Housing Corporation and/or Welsh Ministers, on such terms and for such payment which they consider appropriate, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-1600 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 26 March 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Healthcare Associated Infection Taskforce Action Plan

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 27 March 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Debate on the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) (No.2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/125)

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Justice and Law Officers;

Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Fatal Accident Inquiries

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 16 April 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Justice Committee Debate: 4th Report 2008 - Report on Inquiry into the Effective Use of Police Resources

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 17 April 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 Stage 1 Debate: Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill

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-1174 Patricia Ferguson: Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight—That the Parliament recognises the ongoing efforts of individuals and organisations working to promote and raise awareness of fair trade in Scotland, welcomes the steady increase in the number of schools, colleges, church groups, towns and cities across Scotland who now have Fairtrade status; acknowledges the important contribution made by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum in the work to help Scotland achieve Fairtrade nation status, notes that Fairtrade Fortnight will take place from 24 February to 9 March 2008, and looks forward to marking this at an event in the Parliament on the evening of Thursday 28 February.

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