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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
11th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Enterprise network reform and transfer of functions: The Committee will take evidence on the reform of the enterprise networks and transfer of functions, from—

Jack Perry, Chief Executive, Hugh Hall, Chief Financial Officer, and Stuart Patrick, Senior Commercial Director, Scottish Enterprise;

Sandy Cumming, Chief Executive, and Sandy Brady, Director of Strategy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

Councillor Alison Hay, COSLA Regeneration and Sustainable Development Spokesperson, James Fowlie, Team Development Manager, COSLA, Barbra Lindsay, Strategic Director COSLA, and David Valentine, Head of Economic Development, Angus Council and representative of SOLACE and SLAED;

Donald Henderson, Interim Chief Executive, Linda Ellison, Director of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Marie Burns, Director of Skills Interventions, Skills Development Scotland.

3. Tourism Inquiry: The Committee will discuss the progress of the inquiry with its tourism adviser.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
13th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Petition 1046: The Committee will take evidence on the petition from—

Ronnie Smith, General Secretary, David Drever, Vice President, and Helen Connor, Vice President Elect, The Educational Institute of Scotland;

and then from—

Valerie Wilson, Senior Honorary Research Fellow, and Jon Lewin, Information Officer, The SCRE Centre.

2. Creative Scotland Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.

Health and Sport Committee
15th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 5 and 6 in private.

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

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

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

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

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

5. European matters: The Committee will consider developments in relation to cross-border health services and then correspondence from the Convener of the European and External Relations Committee.

6. Finance Committee’s review of the budget process: The Committee will consider a draft response to the Finance Committee’s consultation.

Local Government and Communities Committee
15th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Social Housing: The Committee will take evidence on developments in support for new council housing and in housing regulation since the abolition of Communities Scotland from—

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing; Karen Watt, Chief Executive, Scottish Housing Regulator; Stephen Devine, Team Leader, Social Housing Quality; and William Fleming, Branch Head, Social Housing; Scottish Government.

2. Elections 2007 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Tony Stephen, Banchory Church of Scotland Youth Ministry

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Smoking Prevention Action Plan

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Hepatitis C—

S3M-1943 Shona Robison: Hepatitis C—That the Parliament recognises the leading role that Scotland is taking in tackling hepatitis C as a significant public health issue; acknowledges the launch of the Scottish Government Hepatitis C Phase II Action Plan, backed by funding of £43 million, on 19 May 2008 as a significant step forward in seeking to prevent hepatitis C and in delivering testing, treatment, support and care services to those affected by the disease, and considers that this will enable NHS boards and others identified in the plan to deliver on the actions set out to improve hepatitis C services for patients and others in Scotland.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-1943.1 Dr Richard Simpson: Hepatitis C—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1943) in the name of Shona Robison, leave out "acknowledges" and insert "commends the hard work undertaken by those staff involved in delivering 40 out of 41 action points in Phase I of the Scottish Government’s Hepatitis C Action Plan and welcomes".

S3M-1943.2 Ross Finnie: Hepatitis C—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1943) in the name of Shona Robison, after "prevent hepatitis C", insert " and working to raise awareness among professionals, the public and those at risk of infection".

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-1956 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business MotionThat the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 May 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Futures Trust

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Climate Change

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 Ministerial Statement: Drugs Strategy

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Common Agricultural Policy Health Check

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: Moving Scotland Forward

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 4 June 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 5 June 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

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

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

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-1888 David Stewart: Increasing Access to Insulin Pumps—That the Parliament notes the considerable benefits that insulin pumps have for diabetics to help them to manage their condition; notes with concern the current restrictive criteria for eligibility for the use of insulin pumps which have contributed to insulin pump usage in Scotland being among the lowest in western Europe, with only around 0.75% of people with Type 1 diabetes using pumps in Scotland, compared with 15% to 20% in the United States of America and Germany; is concerned at the extreme regional disparity in uptake of insulin pumps across NHS boards, with only two patients receiving insulin pump therapy in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, compared with 42 in NHS Tayside in the most recent figures, despite all NHS boards having received funding for access to insulin pumps; supports the campaign of Diabetes UK to increase access to insulin pumps and welcomes the review being undertaken currently by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) of the eligibility for use of pumps in the NHS, and believes that further steps should be taken to ensure that new NICE guidance that seeks to relax access criteria is adopted swiftly in Scotland, to support all NHS boards to increase access to insulin pumps for patients with diabetes and to enable more training for health practitioners to support patients in moving to the use of pumps where it is clearly of benefit in the management of their diabetes.

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