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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
16th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: Iain Smith MSP and Rob Gibson MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose a new Convener.

3. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a new Deputy Convener.

4. Scottish Register of Tartans Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

5. Determining and delivering Scotland’s energy future: The Committee will take evidence from—

David Wilson, Director of Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Jane Morgan, Deputy Director for Energy and Telecommunications, and David Rennie, Head, Energy Policy Unit, Scottish Government.

6. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/246) (negative procedure) and take evidence from—

Colin Imrie, Head, Energy Consents Unit, and Debbie McCall, Energy Consents Unit Manager, Scottish Government.

7. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

Audit Committee
12th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Nicol Stephen MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 6, 7, 8 and 9 in private.

3. Corporate governance of Audit Scotland: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Convener of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit.

4. Section 23 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Review of the new General Medical Services contract".

5. Section 23 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Review of palliative care services in Scotland".

6. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to responses from NHS Western Isles and the Scottish Government Health Directorates on the Audit Committee’s report entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of Western Isles Health Board".

7. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s reports entitled "Review of the new General Medical Services contract" and "Review of palliative care services in Scotland".

8. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to a forthcoming evidence session on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Review of major capital projects in Scotland".

9. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to a forthcoming evidence session on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of free personal and nursing care".

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
20th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Margaret Smith MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.

3. Employment of probationary teachers: The Committee will take evidence from—

Brian Cooklin, President, School Leaders Scotland;

Tom Hamilton, Director of Educational Policy, General Teaching Council for Scotland;

Drew Morrice, Assistant Secretary, The Educational Institute of Scotland;

Frances Jack, Teacher, Currie Primary School;

and then consider possible options for further consideration of this issue.

4. Social work: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

5. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

Health and Sport Committee
20th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 6 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Mental Health (Absconding Patients from Other Jurisdictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 from—

Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health, Joanna Keating, Legal Adviser, Legal Directorate, John Williamson, Policy Officer, Mental Health Division, Scottish Goverment.

3. Subordinate legislation: Shona Robison MSP to move S3M-02494 ––

That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Mental Health (Absconding patients from other jurisdictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

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

the Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/218);

the National Health Service Pension Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/224);

the National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Additional Voluntary Contributions, Injury Benefits and Compensation for Premature Retirement) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/225);

the National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/226).

5. Health inequalities inquiry: The Committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

Ben McKendrick, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, British Heart Foundation;

Anne Wotherspoon, Young Stroke Support Worker, Lanarkshire, Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland;

Elaine Finlayson, Long Term Conditions Case Manager, Helen McIntyre, Cardiac/Stroke Support Nurse, and Amanda Smith, Team Lead Heart Failure Nurse, NHS Highland;

Dr Patricia Fitzsimons, General Practitioner, and Elaine Harrower, Practice Nurse, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

6. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Dave Richards, St Paul’s and St George’s Church, Edinburgh

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Futures Trust

followed by Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee Debate: 4th Report 2008 Ferry Services in Scotland—

S3M-2496 Patrick Harvie: Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee Debate: 4th Report 2008 Ferry Services in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee’s 4th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Ferry Services in Scotland (SP Paper 138).

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-2520 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 17 September 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Ambulance Service

followed by European and External Relations Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2008: Inquiry into International Development

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 18 September 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Hill Farms and Less Favoured Areas

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 Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Debate: 6th Report 2008: Growing Pains - can we achieve a 50% growth in tourist revenue by 2015?

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 24 September 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 25 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

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-2522 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 6 November 2008.

S3M-2521 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 23 January 2009.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-2232 Brian Adam: Shortage of Indian Chefs in Aberdeen—That the Parliament notes that there is a shortage of Indian chefs in Aberdeen and elsewhere in Scotland and that the popularity of Indian food remains high, reflecting well on the appreciation of cultural diversity in our country; further notes the success of the Fresh Talent initiative in retaining overseas graduates, and commends consideration of a similar pilot scheme for Indian chefs in Scotland.

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