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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
9th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

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

Philip Riddle, Chief Executive, and Peter Lederer, Chairman, VisitScotland;

and then from a panel on planning and development and wider issues as part of its tourism inquiry from—

John McNairney, Assistant Chief Planner, Directorate for the Built Environment, Scottish Government; Steve Inch, Executive Director of Development and Regeneration, Glasgow City Council; Andrew Holmes, former Director of City Development, Edinburgh City Council; Gordon Watson, Director of Planning, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority;

Mick Stewart, Chair, Scottish Society of Directors of Planning and planning advisor to CoSLA and Dr Margaret Bochel, Head of Planning and Infrastructure, Aberdeen City Council.

2. Modernisation of the emergency oil stock regime: The Committee will consider its response to the consultation issued by the European Commission.

3. Scottish Register of Tartans Bill - 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 respect of the Committee’s Stage 1 scrutiny of the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill.

4. Inquiry into Scotland’s energy future: The Committee will consider a revised remit and terms of reference for its inquiry.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
11th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Creative Scotland Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Barbara Absolon, International Events Director - Culture, Event Scotland; Lorne Boswell, Scottish Secretary, Equity; and Dr Donald Smith, Director, Scottish Storytelling Centre;

and then from—

David Caldwell, Director, Universities Scotland; and Professor Jan McDonald, Vice-President (Arts and Humanities), Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Health and Sport Committee
13th 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 takes items 4 and 5 in private.

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

the Specified Products from China (Restriction on First Placing on the Market) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/148).

3. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

4. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider further written evidence on the bill.

5. Mental heath services for deaf and deafblind people: The Committee will consider its approach to a one-off evidence session on mental health services for deaf and deafblind people.

Local Government and Communities Committee
13th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 3 and 4 in private. The Committee will also consider whether to take all further consideration of its draft report on Elections 2007 in private.

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

the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Scotland) Order 2007 Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/160);

the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/161); and

the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (Development Planning) (Saving Provisions) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/165).

3. Elections 2007: The Committee will consider a draft report.

4. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Amanullah De Sondy, Centre for the Study of Islam, University of Glasgow

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Free Personal Care

followed by Scottish Government Debate: International Framework—

S3M-1838 Linda Fabiani: International Framework—That the Parliament recognises the importance of ensuring that Scotland is competitive in an increasingly globalised society; agrees that creating the conditions for talented people to live, learn, visit, work and remain in Scotland is crucial to helping to deliver the goals of growing Scotland’s population and economy in a sustainable way, and welcomes the Scottish Government’s International Framework as a means to extend, focus and align the actions and policies of the government and public sector partners to these ends.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-1838.2 Malcolm Chisholm: International Framework—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1838) in the name of Linda Fabiani, insert at end "in co-operation with the UK Government and including international development objectives as a key priority."

S3M-1838.1 Ted Brocklebank: International Framework—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1838) in the name of Linda Fabiani, leave out from "a means to extend" to end and insert "part of the means to extend, focus and align the actions and policies of the government and public sector partners to these ends while stressing the need to "make full use of the UK resources at our disposal", including "the Foreign and Commonwealth Office network around the world to maximise business, cultural and educational opportunities for Scotland", and "engage more directly with the British Council in our priority markets with a view to maximising the opportunities to showcase Scotland’s cultural and educational excellence abroad", as outlined in the International Framework document."

S3M-1838.3 Iain Smith: International Framework—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1838) in the name of Linda Fabiani, insert at end "but does not consider it in the best interests of Scotland for the Scottish Government to promote policies which do not command the support of the Parliament and, in particular, does not believe that the International Framework or any of the related documents or actions of the Scottish Government should contain any reference to Scottish independence, for which the minority Scottish Government has no mandate nor any authority from the Parliament to promote."

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-1846 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business─

Wednesday 14 May 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by First Minister’s Statement: Moving Scotland Forward

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 May 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Equality and Diversity

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Schucksmith Report and the Future of Crofting in Scotland

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: Free Personal Care

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 21 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 22 May 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

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-1845 Bruce Crawford: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Victim Notification Scheme (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-1660 Nanette Milne: Alternative and Augmentative Communication—That the Parliament expresses concern following the findings by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Capability Scotland and Augmentative Communication in Practice whose recent survey of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) equipment and speech and language therapy support provision in Scotland revealed that eight out of 15 NHS boards, including NHS Grampian, are providing a poor service; notes that only 16% of potential beneficiaries are accessing specialist AAC services in Scotland and that AAC provision is a postcode, age, advocacy and impairment lottery, and considers that an AAC strategy for Scotland should be developed and implemented to provide for a national standard of specialist speech and language therapy provision.

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