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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
10th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. The Scottish Register of Tartans Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Michael McElhinney, Head of Manufacturing Policy and Helena Janssen, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government; and

George MacKenzie, Keeper of the Records of Scotland;

and then from—

Mr Robin Blair, Former Lord Lyon King of Arms;

Brian Wilton, Director of the Scottish Tartans Authority; and

Keith Lumsden, Director Scottish Tartans World Register;

and then from—

Kirsty Scott, Head of National Textiles Team, Scottish Enterprise; and

Dr Nick Fiddes, Managing Director, Scotweb.

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

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
12th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Fundable Bodies (The Scottish Agricultural College) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Schools and Skills, Louise Sutherland, Team Leader, Higher Education and Governance and Norman Harvey, Head of Science Reform and Finance, Scottish Government; and

Martin Fairbairn, Director (Governance Management, Appraisal and Policy), Scottish Funding Council.

2. Subordinate legislation: Maureen Watt MSP (Minister for Schools and Skills) to move S3M-1784:

That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Fundable Bodies (The Scottish Agricultural College) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

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

Calum Davidson, Head of Key Sectors, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

Adrian Gillespie, Director of Digital Markets and Enabling Technologies, Scottish Enterprise; and

Councillor Harry McGuigan, Community Well-Being and Safety Spokesperson, COSLA;

Not before 11 am:

and then from—

Linda Fabiani MSP, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture, Heather Jack, Deputy Director, Culture and Gaelic Division and Greig Chalmers, Head of Creative Scotland and Broadcasting Team, Scottish Government.

4. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft Stage 1 Report on the Creative Scotland Bill at its next two meetings should be taken in private.

5. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee willconsider its approach to this year’s budget process.

Audit Committee
9th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: Charlie Gordon MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 8 in private.

3. Managing increasing prisoner numbers in Scotland: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Managing increasing prisoner numbers in Scotland". (AGS/2008/5).

4. Overview of Scotland’s health and the performance of the NHS: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Overview of Scotland’s health and NHS performance in 2006/07". (AGS/2007/10).

5. Dealing with offending by young people: The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Community Safety on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people". (AGS/2007/4).

6. Police call management: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Police call management: an initial review" (AGS/2007/8).

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

8. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Managing increasing prisoner numbers in Scotland". (AGS/2008/5).

Health and Sport Committee
14th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Kathy Banks, Chief Executive, Sunbed Association;

Ron Culley, Policy Manager, COSLA;

Lene Priess, Director, Consol Suncenter plc; and

Alastair Shaw, Society of Chief Officers in Environmental Health Scotland.

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

3. Finance Committee’s review of the budget process (in private): The Committee will consider a consultation paper received from the Finance Committee.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
10th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Rural housing inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Madhu Satsangi, University of Stirling; and

Professor John Bryden, University of the Highlands and Islands

and will decide which further witnesses to invite to give oral evidence and where to hold an external meeting in September.

2. Finance Committee inquiry on the budget process: The Committee will consider issues raised in the Finance Committee’s inquiry, and decide whether to consider a draft submission to the inquiry in private at its next meeting.

3. European Union issues: The Committee will consider a letter from the Convener of the European and External Relations Committee.

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

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

the Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures and Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/151);

the Plant Health Fees (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/153);

the Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/154);

the Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/155);

the Smoke Control Areas (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/157);

the Rural Development Contracts (Land Managers Options) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/159);

the Land Managers Skills Development Grants (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/162); and

the Bathing Waters (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/170).

6. Rural housing inquiry (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
14th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 11.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Elections 2007: The Committee will take evidence from Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business, Gerald Byrne, Head of Constitution Unit and Andy Sinclair, Senior Policy Officer, Constitutional and Parliamentary Secretariat, Scottish Government.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rob Parsons, Executive Chairman, Care for the Family

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by First Minister’s Statement: Moving Scotland Forward

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

S3M-1717 Kenny MacAskill: Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill.

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

S3M-1887 John Swinney: Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-1899 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 21 May 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Smoking Prevention Action Plan

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Hepatitis C

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 Labour Party 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 Ministerial Statement: Fuel Poverty

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Wildlife Crime

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 28 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 29 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

Health and Wellbeing

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-1900 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Access to Land on Application) Order 2008 be approved.

S3M-1901 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Access to Land by the Scottish Ministers) Order 2008 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-1679 Christopher Harvie: Supermarket Dominance in Scottish Retailing—That the Parliament notes with concern the dominance of large-scale supermarkets in Scottish retailing, as is evident in many of the burghs of Mid-Scotland and Fife, and considers that there should be an impartial study of their economic and social impact on communities and demand for local produce, taking into account other retail modes like smaller specialist shops, street markets or market halls and co-operatives.

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