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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
12th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

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

Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, John Brown, Deputy Director, Tourism and Whisky Legislation Division, Richard Arnott, Head of Tourism Unit, and Mairi Caldwell, Tourism Policy Adviser, Scottish Government.

2. Energy Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by John Swinney (LCM(S3) 12.1) and take evidence from—

Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Bruce Stewart, Policy Executive, Marine Strategy, Ross Loveridge, Senior Energy Policy Adviser, and Norman MacLeod, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government.

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

Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Mike McElhinney, Branch Head, Manufacturing Policy, Scottish Government and George MacKenzie, Keeper of the Records of Scotland;

Jamie McGrigor MSP, Mike McElhinney, Branch Head, Manufacturing Policy, Scottish Government and George MacKenzie, Keeper of the Records of Scotland.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
14th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

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

Not before 11 am:

2. Petition PE1046: The Committee will take evidence on the petition from—

Murdo Maciver, Convener of the Resources Committee, Association of Directors of Education in Scotland;

Brian Cooklin, President, Headteachers’ Association of Scotland;

Greg Dempster, General Secretary, Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland.

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

the Designation of Institutions of Higher Education (The Scottish Agricultural College) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/163);

the Designation of Institutions of Higher Education (The Scottish Agricultural College) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/177);

the Central Institutions (Recognition) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/178).

Audit Committee
10th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 4 and 5 in private.

2. National Fraud initiative in Scotland 2006/07: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the report entitled "National Fraud Initiative in Scotland 2006/07".

3. Section 22 Reports: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the Section 22 reports entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of James Watt College" and "The 2006/07 Audit of Kilmarnock College".

4. Consideration of the title and remit of the Audit Committee: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee regarding proposed changes to the title and remit of the Audit Committee.

5. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of free personal and nursing care" (AGS/2008/1) in light of the publication of a report by Lord Sutherland entitled "Independent review of free personal and nursing care in Scotland". The Committee will also consider its approach to the report entitled "National Fraud Initiative in Scotland 2006/07" and the Section 22 reports entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of James Watt College" and "The 2006/07 Audit of Kilmarnock College".

Local Government and Communities Committee
16th 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 item 4 in private.

2. Overview of local authority audits 2007: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor John Baillie, Chair, Accounts Commission;

Caroline Gardner, Deputy Auditor General, and Gordon Smail, Portfolio Manager, Public Reporting – Local Government Portfolio, Audit Scotand.

3. Local Income Tax: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Christopher Himsworth, Professor of Administrative Law, Edinburgh University;

Professor Richard Kerley, Vice Principal, International Strategy and Commercialisation, Queen Margaret University;

Professor Alan Page, Professor of Public Law, University of Dundee.

4. Child poverty inquiry: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
11th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

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

Andrew Bradford, Planning, Housing and Infrastucture Policy Group, Sarah-Jane-Laing, Housing Strategy Officer and Drew McFarlane Slack, Highland Regional Manager, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association

and then from—

Jonathan Fair, Chief Executive, Homes for Scotland;

Bruce Walker, Land Director, Robertson Homes.

Not before 11.45 am

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the following affirmative instrument—

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

from—

Richard Lochhead MSP Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Robertson, Policy Manager, Waste and Pollution Division and Heather Wortley, Solicitor, Food and Environment Division, Scottish Government;

and decide whether to consider a draft report on the instrument in private at a future meeting.

3. Subordinate legislation: Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment to move—

S3M-1894—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2008 be approved.

4. Finance Committee inquiry on the budget process: The Committee will consider issues raised in the Finance Committee’s inquiry.

5. Scottish Government budget 2009-10 - appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider whether to seek approval for the appointment of an adviser in connection with its scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s budget 2009-10.

6. Ticks and tick-borne diseases: John Scott will report back to the Committee on a meeting he attended on 25 April 2008.

7. European Union issues: The Committee will consider an update on European Union issues.

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

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Father Paul Francis Spencer, Saint Mungo’s Church, Glasgow

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Futures Trust

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Climate Change

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-2010 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 4 June 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Drugs Strategy

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 Debate: Remote and Rural Health Care

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 Debate: Investment in Scottish Infrastructure

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 11 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 12 June 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-1997 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 20 June 2008.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-1998 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Fundable Bodies (The Scottish Agricultural College) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-1705 Alasdair Allan: Fuel Costs—That the Parliament notes that the price of diesel is now over £1.30 in the Western Isles and across Scotland’s island and remote communities, making it probably the most expensive diesel in the western world; further notes that fuel costs now represent an ever increasing burden in the Western and Northern Isles, not least for businesses and fishermen, some of whom report 80% increases in diesel costs in the last two years; notes that the main company delivering fuel to the islands deposits fuel at differing costs at different ports on the west coast despite the fact that the same vessel is used; notes the irony of an oil-producing nation putting its motorists, businesses, fishermen and rural businesses in this impossible position, and finally notes the various measures that exist in parts of France, which make cuts in fuel duty in the remotest areas.

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