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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.

Audit Committee
15th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.15 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. Section 23 report: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of free personal and nursing care" from—

Dr Kevin Woods, Director-General Health and Chief Executive of the NHS in Scotland, Graeme Dickson, Director of Primary and Community Care, and Neil Rennick, Head of Older Peoples Unit, Scottish Government.

3. Section 22 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "The 2007-08 audit of the Western Isles Health Board".

4. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 2.

5. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The 2007-08 audit of the Western Isles Health Board".

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
20th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 from—

Garry Clark, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Scottish Chamber of Commerce;

Niall Stuart, Press and Government Affairs Manager, Scottish Council for Development and Industry;

Michael Levack, Chief Executive, Scottish Building Federation;

Owen Kelly, Chief Executive, Scottish Financial Enterprise;

John Watt, Partner, Government and Infrastructure Advisory, Grant Thornton UK LLP;

Dr Peter Hughes, Chief Executive, Scottish Engineering.

2. Review of the public policy framework encouraging export promotion, international trade and inward investment: The Committee will consider a draft research report and take evidence from—

Professor Hervey Gibson, Chairman, and Bill Mitchell, Research Manager, COGENT Strategies International Ltd.

3. Tourism inquiry: Growing pains - can we achieve a 50% growth in tourist revenue by 2015?: The Committee will consider a further response from the Scottish Government to its inquiry report.

4. Local income tax: The Committee will consider a background note on local income tax.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
25th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

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

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 at future meetings should be taken in private.

3. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 from—

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Sarah Smith, Director of Children, Young People and Social Care, Andrew Scott, Director of Lifelong Learning, and Colin MacLean, Director of Schools, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Lorraine Murray, Research Director, and Chris Martin, Associate Director, Ipsos MORI Scotland.

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will further consider its approach to the scrutiny of the following affirmative instrument—

the Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
19th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 7 and future reviews of evidence on the December Fisheries Council in private.

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

The Inshore Fishing (Prohibition on Fishing) (Lamlash Bay) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/317)

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

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport, David Brew, Deputy Director, Rural Communities Division, and Pauline Innes, Head of Regional Team (North), Housing and Investment Division, Scottish Government.

4. Fisheries Council: The Committee will take evidence on the issues to be considered at the December EU Fisheries Council from—

Nick Bailey, Coordinator of Fisheries Advice, Coby Needle, Assessment Scientist and Demersal Stock Adviser, and John Simmonds, Assessment Scientist and Pelagic Stock Adviser, Fisheries Research Services.

5. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

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

7. Fisheries Council: The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

8. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider possible witnesses to take evidence from at future meetings.

Health and Sport Committee
25th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Dr Kevin Woods, Director-General Health and Chief Executive, NHSScotland, and John Matheson, Director of Finance, Health Directorates, Scottish Government.

3. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider options for its draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

4. Health Inequalities Inquiry: The Committee will further consider its response to the Scottish Government’s report, Equally Well.

Local Government and Communities Committee
26th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 5

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

the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/309).

2. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 from —

Councillor Rob Murray, Vice-President, Councillor Graeme Morrice, Resources and Capacity Spokesperson, Barbara Lindsay, Strategic Director, and Brenda Campbell, Head of Finance, COSLA.

3. Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Iain MacDonald, Westray and Papa Westray, Orkney

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: British-Irish Council—

S3M-2767 John Swinney: British-Irish Council—That the Parliament acknowledges the successful summit meeting of the British-Irish Council at Hopetoun House; notes the outcomes of the summit in relation to demography, energy and the ongoing business of the Council; notes also that the Council gave consideration to the global economic situation; believes that the Council is an invaluable forum for strengthening intergovernmental relationships; supports the Scottish ministers’ proposal to lead a workstream on renewable energy, and encourages them to continue to support the Council in addressing issues of real and common concern.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-2767.1 Michael McMahon: British-Irish Council—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2767) in the name of John Swinney, leave out from "Scottish ministers’" to end and insert "proposal for the Council to take forward a workstream on renewable energy; encourages Scottish ministers to work in co-operation with all the members of the British-Irish Council, and encourages them to continue to support the Council in addressing issues of real and common concern."

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-2781 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 30 October 2008—

after

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

delete

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Non-Native Invasive Species

and insert

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Teacher Employment Working Group Report

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Non-Native Invasive Species

S3M-2784 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 5 November 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 6 November 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scrutiny Improvement Changes to Structures

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Patients’ Rights

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: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 12 November 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 13 November 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

S3M-2782 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 6 March 2009.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-2783 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (England and Wales Cross-border transfer: patients subject to requirements other than detention) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-1926 Elaine Murray: Success of First Year of Co-operative Development Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the success of Co-operative Development Scotland in promoting and facilitating the development of co-operative enterprises across Scotland since it became fully operational in April 2007; notes that research carried out by Heriot-Watt University in 2006 estimated the combined annual turnover of co-operatives and mutuals in Scotland to be around £4 billion; believes that the contribution of this sector to the Scottish economy nationally and to local urban and rural economies, such as that of Dumfries and Galloway, could be increased, and believes that government funding for Co-operative Development Scotland should be extended beyond March 2009.

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