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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
9th Meeting, 2008

 

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. School Estates: The Committee will take evidence from—

Paul Stallan, Education Design Champion and Director, Architecture and Design Scotland; and Moira Niven, Member, Resources Committee Estates sub-group, Association of Directors of Education in Scotland;

and then from—

Louise Wilson, National Officer (Employment Relations), The Educational Institute of Scotland; Alan Small, Vice Chair, YouthLink Scotland Working Group on Youth Work and Schools; John McKnight, Chairperson, Community Learning and Development Managers Scotland Group; and Judith Gillespie, Development Manager, Scottish Parent Teacher Council.

2. Panjabi language examination: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Qualifications Authority on the provision of a Panjabi language examination at S1-S6 level in Scottish schools.

Health and Sport Committee
11th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Mental Health (Cross-border Visits) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 from—

Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health, Fiona Tyrell, Branch Head, Mental Health Division and David Smith, Solicitors Health and Community Care Division, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Shona Robison MSP (Minister for Public Health) to move S3M-1598—

That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Mental Health (Cross-border Visits) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

4. Pathways into Sport: The Committee will take evidence from Craig Brewster, Manager, Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

5. Scottish Government’s Consultation on Glasgow 2014 - Delivering a Lasting Legacy for Scotland: The Committee will consider its response to the consultation exercise.

6. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider an approach paper on its inquiry into mental health services in the context of its overall work programme.

Local Government and Communities Committee
12th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Non-Domestic Rating (Telecommunications and Canals) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/84) from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Laura Sexton, Senior Policy Adviser, Non-Domestic Rates Team and Zahid Deen, Head of Telecoms Policy Team, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Jim Tolson MSP to move motion S3M-1726—

That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Non-Domestic Rating (Telecommunications and Canals) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/84).

3. SPP3 Housing (Revision): The Committee will take evidence from—

Stephen Garland, Head of Planning Infrastructure and Enforcement, Nicola Hay, Senior Planner, Brad Gilbert, Head of Housing Supply Unit and Jackie Wilkins, Head of Strategic Planning, Scottish Government.

4. Petition PE 903: Eco Villages: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government on PE 903.

5. Mainstreaming equal opportunities: The Committee will consider a letter from the Convener of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee on whether committees should be obliged to report periodically on how they have built equalities considerations into their work.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
8th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Flooding and flood management inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Other Meetings

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for the Secretary to the Scottish Commission for Public Audit are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Scottish Commission for Public Audit
1st Meeting, 2008

The Commission will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Economy, efficiency and effectiveness examination of Audit Scotland: The Commission will consider potential follow up work by the auditors of Audit Scotland on the economy, efficiency and effectiveness examination of Audit Scotland’s fees and charges, and will take evidence from—

Jubayeth Hussain, Partner, HW Chartered Accountants.

2. Finance Committee review of the budget process: The Commission will consider correspondence from the Finance Committee on its review of the budget process.

Meeting of the Parliament

As confirmed at 2.30 pm

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Father Robert Kane, St Teresa’s, Newarthill, Motherwell

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S3M-1762 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 23 April 2008—

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followed by Scottish Government Debate: Historic Scotland and Local Authorities

delete

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Statute Law (Repeals) Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Potential Industrial Action at Grangemouth Refinery

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Statute Law (Repeals) Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Ministerial Statement: Hepatitis C

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Historic Scotland and Local Authorities—

S3M-1751 Linda Fabiani: Historic Scotland and Local Authorities—That the Parliament recognises the unique relationship between Historic Scotland and local authorities in the protection of the nation’s historic environment and welcomes initiatives to modernise and simplify that relationship to the benefit of local authorities, Historic Scotland and stakeholders.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-1751.2 Malcolm Chisholm: Historic Scotland and Local Authorities—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1751) in the name of Linda Fabiani, insert at end "always ensuring that strong safeguards are maintained to protect heritage assets, that the skills required to maintain historic buildings are available and that, in protecting the historic environment, proper account is taken of disability rights and climate change objectives".

S3M-1751.1 Ted Brocklebank: Historic Scotland and Local Authorities—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1751) in the name of Linda Fabiani, insert at end "and seeks a more compatible approach in relation to resolving disputes with stakeholders, particularly where Historic Scotland has no realistic means of funding its desired preservation or conservation outcomes".

S3M-1751.3 Iain Smith: Historic Scotland and Local Authorities—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1751) in the name of Linda Fabiani, insert at end "and encourages Historic Scotland to work with local authorities to improve the consultation with local communities on the designation of listed buildings and scheduled monuments".

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Statute Law (Repeals) Bill – UK Legislation—

S3M-1654 Kenny MacAskill: Statute Law (Repeals) Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Statute Law (Repeals) Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 27 February 2008, relating to Statute Law Repeal, 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-1763 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 30 April 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Implementing the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 1 May 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist 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 Debate: Impact of the UK Budget on Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 7 May 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 8 May 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

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Business Motion

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-1764 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 23 May 2008.

S3M-1765 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 13 June 2008.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-1596 Mary Mulligan: Yes to Bathgate Business Improvement District—That the Parliament notes the hugely successful outcome of the ballot to establish the first Business Improvement District (BID) in Scotland in Bathgate, West Lothian; further notes that out of 205 votes cast by local businesses, 190 were in support of the BID proposals and congratulates the BID steering group chairperson, Sam Crawford, his implementation group colleagues, Amanda Finlayson and Pat Kerr, and all others involved in developing the Bathgate BID on their amazing success; acknowledges that the ballot result is an overwhelming endorsement by the business community of the BID concept, and hopes other Scottish towns may follow in Bathgate’s footsteps.

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