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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
18th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.

2. The impact of the ‘credit crunch’ on the Scottish economy: The Committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

Owen Kelly, Chief Executive, Scottish Financial Enterprise;

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress;

Eric Leenders, Executive Director, British Bankers’ Association;

John Gill, Managing Director, Customer Service, UK Financial Services, Standard Life;

Graeme Dalziel, Chief Executive, Dunfermline Building Society;

Professor Prem Sikka, Professor of Accounting, University of Essex;

and then from—

Allan Lundmark, Director of Planning and Communications, Homes for Scotland;

Michael Levack, Chief Executive, Scottish Building Federation;

David Melhuish, Director, Scottish Property Federation;

Roderick Pettigrew, Head of Commercial and Legal at Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association (HVCA) and Vice Convener, Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Construction;

Alan Watt, Chief Executive, Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Scotland) (CECA);

Harry Frew, Scottish Secretary, Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT);

Ron Smith, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Solicitor Property Centre;

Mark Hordern, Head of Marketing, Glasgow Solicitor Property Centre;

David Wright, Head of External Affairs, The Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland (SELECT).

3. Determining and delivering Scotland’s energy future: The Committee will consider its approach to its inquiry.

4. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 1): The Committee will consider a briefing from its adviser on the Scottish Government’s budget proposals 2009-10.

5. Energy Technologies Institute Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider follow-up to the Committee’s inquiry report and the response of the Scottish Government.

Audit Committee
13th 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 9 in private.

2. Section 23 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Day surgery in Scotland: reviewing progress".

3. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider responses from the Accountable Officers on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Managing increasing prisoner numbers in Scotland".

4. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider responses from the Accountable Officers on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Financial overview of Scotland’s colleges 2006/07".

5. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Improving the school estate".

6. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people".

7. Section 23 report: 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".

8. National Fraud Initiative: The Committee will consider a response from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "National Fraud Initiative in Scotland 2006/07".

9. Consideration of approach The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Day surgery in Scotland: reviewing progress".

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
22nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Scottish Broadcasting Commission The Committee will take evidence on the Commissions final report, Platform for Success, from—

Blair Jenkins, Chair, Scottish Broadcasting Commission.

2. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Anton Muscatelli, Convener, Universities Scotland;

Howard McKenzie, Acting Chief Executive, Association of Scotland’s Colleges;

Mark Batho, Chief Executive, and Laurence Howells, Director of Learning Policy and Strategy, Scottish Funding Council.

Health and Sport Committee
22nd 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 Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/261);

the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/288);

the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/289);

the National Health Service (Charges for Overseas Visitors) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/290).

2. Health Inequalities Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Cllr. Ronnie McColl, CoSLA Spokesman for Health and Wellbeing, and Ron Culley, Policy Manager, CoSLA;

and then from—

Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health, Kay Barton, Deputy Director, Public Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Dr Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer, Jonathan Pryce, Head of Division, Primary Care, and Will Scott, Head of Long-Term Conditions Branch, Scottish Goverment.

3. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

Local Government and Communities Committee
23rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Paul Gray, Director of Change and Corporate Services, Colin Spivey, Head of Resourcing, and Carol Snow, Solicitor, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: John Swinney MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth) to move S3M-2567— That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2008 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport, David Fotheringham, Team Leader - Housing Market and Supply, and Derek Willis, Policy Executive - Housing Markets and Supply, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: Stewart Maxwell MSP (Minister for Communities and Sport) to move S3M-2569— That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contibutions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations be approved.

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

the Housing Grants (Application Forms) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/283).

6. Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

John Donaldson, Sergeant - Strathclyde Police Traffic Management, ACPOS;

Donald McKinven, Traffic Manager, Glasgow City Council;

Richard Guest, Head of Roads and Community Work, Highland Council;

and then from—

Dr Ann Wilson, Convener, and Cllr Jim McLeod, Member, Inclusion Scotland;

Ryan McQuigg, Policy and Parliamentary Officer - Scotland, and Alex Thorburn, Local Campaigns Co-ordinator for Scotland, Leonard Cheshire Disability;

Gordon Mungall, Convener, and Liz Rowlett, Senior Policy, Information and Parliamentary Officer, Scottish Disability Equality Forum.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
16th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

Max Lalli, Commercial Manager, Power Systems, Scottish and Southern Energy Group;

Jim McOmish, Distribution Policy Manager, SP Energy Networks, Scottish Power.

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

the Control of Salmonella in Poultry (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/266);

the Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) (No 2) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/295);

the Smoke Control Areas (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) (No2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/296).

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

Neil Cameron, Director, Tulloch Homes;

Hughie Donaldson, Vice Chair, Scottish Crofting Foundation;

Susan Torrance, Chief Executive, Highland Housing Alliance.

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

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that, subject to agreement of Business Motion S3M-2584, today’s business will be as follows.

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Father John Bollan, Religious Education Department, University of Glasgow

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-2584 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 24 September 2008—

after

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

delete

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scudamore Report into Foot and Mouth

and insert

followed by First Minister’s Statement: The Implications for Scotland of the Lloyds TSB Takeover of HBOS

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Implications for Scotland of the Lloyds TSB Takeover of HBOS

followed by First Minister’s Statement: The Implications for Scotland of the Lloyds TSB Takeover of HBOS

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Implications for Scotland of the Lloyds TSB Takeover of HBOS

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-2585 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 1 October 2008

2.15 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Government Response to the Report of the Committee of Inquiry on Crofting

followed by Public Petitions Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2008: Availability on the NHS of cancer treatment drugs

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 2 October 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 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 Debate: Scudamore Report into Foot and Mouth Disease

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 8 October 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 9 October 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Register of Tartans Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-2586 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 30 January 2009.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-2587 Bruce Crawford: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 (Transitional, Savings and Consequential Provisions) Order 2008 be approved.

S3M-2588 Bruce Crawford: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Absconding patients from other jurisdictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-1861 Keith Brown: Support for Veterans in Scotland—That the Parliament recognises that ex-service personnel in Ochil and throughout Scotland often suffer particular problems in areas such as health, employment, housing and pensions; welcomes the recent Scottish Government announcements of support for the Houses for Heroes Campaign, run by the Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association, and the Scottish Veterans’ Fund, run in association with Veterans Scotland; believes that the commitment to assistance from a Scottish perspective is particularly important; further believes that the Parliament should be at the centre of the developing debate about how best to provide appropriate support to ex-service personnel, and welcomes any initiatives by the Scottish Government to continue to engage with the range of organisations involved in supporting ex-service personnel and addressing the challenges that they face.

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
5th Meeting, 2008

The Commission will meet at 12.30 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Corporate governance of Audit Scotland: The Commission will take evidence on its review of the corporate governance of Audit Scotland from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, and Lorna Gibbs, Head of the Scrutiny Improvement Team, Scottish Government.

2. Corporate governance of Audit Scotland (in private): The Commission will consider the issues arising from the evidence heard to date, in order to inform the next stage of its review.

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