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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.

European and External Relations Committee
10th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Patricia Ferguson MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 7 in private.

3. Inquiry into international development: The Committee will take evidence from—

Kadie Armstrong, Global Education Coordinator (formal sector), International Development Education Association of Scotland (IDEAS);

Maureen Brough, Community Learning Coordinator, Working Together for Change; and

Karen Grant, Scottish Education and Action for Development (SEAD);

and then from—

John McAllion, Chair of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum;

Betsy Reed, Fair Trade Nation Development Officer, Scottish Fair Trade Forum; and

George Finlayson, Scotland Malawi Business Group.

4. European Maritime Strategy: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government.

5. Lisbon Treaty inquiry: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

6. Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the Brussels Bulletin.

7. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 9 May 2007 to 8 May 2008.

Finance Committee
13th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Efficient Government Programme: The Committee will take evidence from —

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Fiona Montgomery, Finance Directorate and Craig Russell, Head of Efficient Government Delivery, Scottish Government.

2. Inquiry into the methods of funding capital investment projects: The Committee will take evidence from—

Jon Ford, Head of Health Policy and Economic Research Unit, British Medical Association;

Dave Watson, Scottish Organiser, Policy, UNISON; and

Ken Wimbor, Assistant Secretary, the Educational Institute of Scotland.

3. Inquiry into the methods of funding capital investment projects (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence sessions to date, in order to inform the drafting of its report.

Public Petitions Committee
8th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Inquiry into the availability on the NHS of cancer treatment drugs: The Committee will take evidence from—

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Dr Sara Davies, Public Health Consultant, Healthcare Policy and Strategy Directorate and Elizabeth Porterfield, Head of National Planning, Healthcare Policy and Strategy Directorate, Scottish Government.

2. Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will give consideration to the following new petitions—

PE1146 Fresh Talent Initiative

Jennifer Newman will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition

PE1139 Scottish Agricultural Wages Board

Scott Foley, Rab Stewart and Scot Walker, Unite – the Union, will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of this petition

PE1138 Preservation of local ice rinks

PE1142 Water charges relief

PE1143 Right of Notification

PE1144 dotSCO

PE1145 Deposit and return scheme on beverage containers

3. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will give further consideration to the following current petitions—

PE986 Protection from broken glass

PE1051 Charter for Grandchildren

PE1052 Promoting the services of independent midwives

PE1055 Ownership of electromagnetic broadcast spectrum

PE1056 Diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis

PE1057 Research funding into endometriosis

PE1058 Impact of 24-hour supermarket developments

PE1066 Symbol for the Parliament Chamber

PE1073 Catholics in Scotland’s prisons

PE1082 Scottish Civic Forum

PE1107 Free public transport for under 18 year olds

PE1112 Decisions of local planning inquiries

PE1113 Residential and abstinence treatment

PE1114 Review of childcare strategy

PE1115 National and regional transport strategies

4. Notification of new petitions: The Committee will consider a paper indicating new petitions lodged since the last Committee meeting.

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
10th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Inquiry into Ferry Services in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into ferry services in Scotland from—

Peter Timms, Chairman, David MacBrayne Ltd;

Lawrie Sinclair, Managing Director, CalMac Ferries Ltd; and

Bill Davidson, Chief Executive, NorthLink Ferries Ltd;

and then from—

Gordon Ross, Managing Director, Western Ferries (Clyde) Ltd; and

Andrew Banks, Chief Executive, Pentland Ferries.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
7th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Cross-Party Group: The Committee will consider an application for recognition from the proposed Cross-Party Group on Russia.

2. Annual Report: The Committee will consider its annual report for the Parliamentary year from 9 May 2007 to 8 May 2008.

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 7 in private.

4. Audit Committee - title and remit (in private): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

5. Complaint (in private): The Committee will conclude consideration of a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

6. Complaint: The Committee will announce its decision at Stage 3 on a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

7. Complaint: The Committee will consider its draft report.

8. Complaint (in private): The Committee will undertake its initial consideration of a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

9. Review of Volume 2, Section 8 of the Code of Conduct (in private): The Committee will consider its draft revised Section 8 of the Code of Conduct.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
16th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the Government’s response to the Committee’s letter on the following bill—

Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill.

2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the response from the member in charge to the Committee’s letter on the following bill—

Register of Scottish Tartans Bill at Stage 1.

3. Scottish Government responses: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s responses in relation to the following—

the Advice and Assistance (Limits, Conditions and Representation) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft);

the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft); and

the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/166).

4. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following––

the Advice and Assistance (Limits, Conditions and Representation) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft); and

the Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

5. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—

the Guar Gum (Restriction on First Placing on the Market) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/176).

6. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—

the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No.2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/171).

7. Annual Report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 9 May 2007 to 8 May 2008.

Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Committee
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 3.00 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Inquiry (in private): The Committeewill consider a revised draft report.

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