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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.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
17th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Sian Ledger, Head of Charity Law Team, Civil Law Division, George Reid, Head of the College Strategy Team, Further and Adult Education Division, and Lorraine Stirling, Principal Legal Officer, SGLD Development, Education and Local Authorities Division, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Fiona Hyslop MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning) to move S3M-1999—

That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Adam Ingram MSP, Minister for Children and Early Years, Mike Gibson, Head of Support for Learning Division, David Cowan, Policy Officer, Support for Learning Division, and Laurence Sullivan, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Solicitors Education, Land and Pensions Division, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: Adam Ingram MSP (Minister for Children and Early Years) to move S3M-1920—

That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

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

Councillor Isabel Hutton, Education, Children and Young People spokesperson, Barbara Lindsay, Strategic Director, Robert Nicol, Team Leader, Children and Young People, COSLA.

6. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

7. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) - appointment of adviser (in private): The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser in connection with its forthcoming consideration of the Scottish Government’s Budget.

Health and Sport Committee
18th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

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

the Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/201);

the Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/215); and

the Spreadable Fats, Milk and Milk Products (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/216).

2. Pathways into sport inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from Ian Edmond, Richard Gordon and Graeme Randall.

3. Petition PE1138: The Committee will consider a petition by Mrs Erica Woollcombe, which calls on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to take the necessary steps to ensure the continued provision of local ice rinks and to recognise their benefit in promoting health and wellbeing.

4. Forthcoming legislation: The Committee will consider its approach to forthcoming legislation on the constitution of health boards and on the election of certain members to health boards.

5. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) - appointment of adviser (in private): The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser in connection with its Stage 2 scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s 2009-10 budget.

Local Government and Communities Committee
19th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

2. Single Outcome Agreements: The Committee will take evidence from—

Ruth Parsons, Director, Public Service Reform, and Colin MacLean, Director, Children, Young People and Social Care, Scottish Government;

Rory Mair, Chief Executive, COSLA;

Gavin Whitefield, Chief Executive, North Lanarkshire Councils and Chair, SOLACE.

3. Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will agree its approach to its Stage 1 consideration of the Bill.

4. Housing Support Services: The Committee will agree an approach to its inquiry.

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that subject to agreement of Business Motion S3M-2194, today’s business will be as follows.

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Elizabeth Duffy, Young Adult Development Officer for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-2194 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 18 June 2008─

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followed by Financial Resolution: Creative Scotland Bill

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followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Energy Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

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followed by Ministerial Statement: Clostridium Difficile Cases at the Vale of Leven Hospital

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Energy Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by First Minister’s Statement: Ministerial Code

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Creative Scotland Bill—

S3M-2028 Linda Fabiani: Creative Scotland Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Creative Scotland Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution: Creative Scotland Bill—

S3M-1776 John Swinney: Creative Scotland Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Creative 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 Ministerial Statement: Clostridium Difficile Cases at the Vale of Leven Hospital

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Energy Bill – UK Legislation—

S3M-2101 Jim Mather: Energy Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the UK Energy Bill in Part 1, Chapter 3 (Storage of Carbon Dioxide), introduced to the House of Commons on 10 January 2008, should, insofar as they relate to matters within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or alter the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers, be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-2193 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that—

(a) "09:00" be substituted for "09:15" in Rule 2.2.3 to allow the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 26 June to begin at 9.00 am; and

(b) Rule 5.6.1(c) be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 26 June.

S3M-2192 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 June 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Housing

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Alcohol Misuse

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 26 June 2008

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Committee Debate: 1st Report 2008, Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme

followed by Rural Affairs and Environment Committee Debate: 2nd Report 2008, Flooding and Flood Management

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

followed by Members’ Business

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.55 pm Decision Time

Wednesday 3 September 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 4 September 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

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

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-2195 Bruce Crawford: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of the Definition of Child Care Position) Order 2008 be approved.

S3M-2196 Bruce Crawford: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

S3M-2197 Bruce Crawford: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 Modification Order 2008 be approved.

S3M-2198 Bruce Crawford: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Amendment) Order 2008 be approved.

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-1865 Claire Baker: A Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme for Scotland—That the Parliament is concerned that the withholding of deposits unreasonably continues to be a problem for tenants in the private rented sector; notes that the private rented sector provides over 230,000 homes to households in Scotland, some 8% of all households, including families, students, migrant workers and young professionals; further notes that many tenants, on leaving a tenancy, rely on the return of their deposit to pay the upfront deposit and rent for their new property and that withholding a deposit unfairly can lead to hardship, debt and ultimately homelessness; highlights recent research by St Andrews University Students’ Association that found that 24% of students there have had unjustified deductions made from their deposits and 28% have faced unreasonable delays of more than 28 days in returning their deposits; acknowledges the successful introduction of the tenancy deposit protection scheme in operation in England and Wales which ensures protection for both landlords and tenants, and believes that powers already on statute in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 could be used to further a deposit protection scheme for Scotland, building on landlord registration and accreditation initiatives already in place.

Other Meetings

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for the Secretary to the Scottish Commission for Public Audit are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Scottish Commission for Public Audit
2nd Meeting, 2008

The Commission will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Commission will consider whether to take agenda item 4 in private.

2. Audit Scotland’s response to the Commission’s 1st Report 2007 on Audit Scotland’s Expenditure Proposals for 2008-09: The Commission will take evidence from —

Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland, Russell Frith, Director of Audit Strategy, and Diane McGiffen, Director of Corporate Services, Audit Scotland.

3. Audit Scotland’s provisional budget estimate for 2009-10: The Commission will take evidence from —

Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland, Russell Frith, Director of Audit Strategy, and Diane McGiffen, Director of Corporate Services, Audit Scotland.

4. Corporate governance of Audit Scotland: The Commission will consider correspondence from Professor John Baillie, Chair of Audit Scotland, regarding the corporate governance of Audit Scotland and the proposals for the National Audit Office.

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