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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.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
21st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

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

Philip Riddle, Chief Executive, VisitScotland;

and then from—

Jack Perry, Chief Executive, and Hugh Hall, Chief Financial Officer, Scottish Enterprise;

Sandy Cumming, Chief Executive, and Sandy Brady, Director of Strategic Planning, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

and then from—

Dr Malcolm Reed, Chief Executive, David Anderson, Head of Transport, Economic Analysis and Research, and Guy Houston, Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Transport Scotland;

and then from—

Geoff Aitkenhead, Asset Management Director, and Mark McEwen, Capital Investment General Manager, Scottish Water.

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

Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Wilson Malone, Head of Enterprise Networks, Fiona Robertson, Head of Economic Strategy Directorate, and Maureen McGeown, Finance Team Leader Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Scottish Government.

4. Energy Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 12.2 from—

Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Neal Rafferty, Senior Renewables Policy Adviser, Christine McKay, Senior Renewables Policy Adviser, Ross Loveridge, Senior Energy Policy Adviser, and Linda Hamilton, Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government.

5. Energy Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (LCM(S3) 12.2).

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

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
26th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. 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—

Ian Turner, Director of Children and Family Services, Aberlour Child Care Trust;

Tam Baillie, Director of Policy, Barnardo’s Scotland;

John Dickie, Head of Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland;

Marion Macleod, Senior Policy and Parliamentary Officer, Children in Scotland.

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

Health and Sport Committee
26th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/322).

2. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Kenneth Hogg, Deputy Director, Health Delivery, Beth Elliot, Solicitor, and Robert Kirkwood, Policy Officer, Scottish Government.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
27th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

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

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Frances Wood, Deputy Director Social Inclusion, and Mike Foulis, Director for Housing and Regeneration, Scottish Government.

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

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

The Committee will take evidence from—

Gavin Peart, Assistant Head of Building Standards, and Linda Hamilton, Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government.

Not before 12:00 PM

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

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Roddy MacDonald, Head of Local Income Tax Team, and Graham Owenson, Head of Local Government Finance Team, Scottish Government.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
20th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

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

the Fish Farming Businesses (Record Keeping) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/326).

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

Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation;

and then from—

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Frank Strang, Head of Sea Fisheries (Conservation), and Paul McCarthy, Stock Conservation and Negotiations (Sea Fisheries), Scottish Government.

3. Fisheries Council (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

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

5. Rural housing inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the evidence received.

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that, subject to agreement of Business Motion S3M-2819, today’s business will be as follows.

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Donald Scott, Chaplain, HMYOI Polmont

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-2819 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 5 November 2008—

after

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

insert

followed by Financial Resolution: Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill

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

S3M-2796 Fergus Ewing: Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill.

he Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-2796.1 Jackson Carlaw: Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2796) in the name of Fergus Ewing, insert at end "but, in so doing, notes the terms of the Justice Committee’s Stage 1 report, in particular the concerns expressed with regard to the Financial Memorandum, and calls on the Scottish Government to provide the Parliament with a more detailed analysis of the likely cost implications, from such information as is available to or can be obtained by the Scottish Government, prior to the Bill being considered at Stage 3."

followed by Financial Resolution: Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill—

S3M-2797 John Swinney: Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(ii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-2820 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 November 2008

2.00 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 Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Economy

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 Labour Party 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 Debate: Scottish Futures Trust

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Energy Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 19 November 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 20 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

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-2821 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft International Criminal Court (Remand Time) Order 2008 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-2759 Jeremy Purvis: Digital Switchover—That the Parliament notes that the UK’s digital TV switchover commences with the switchover of the Selkirk transmitter on 6 and 20 November 2008 in the Border TV region; believes that digital is a positive development within television but is concerned that the Switchover Help Scheme, established to give practical support to those people expected to have the most difficulty in making the switch to digital TV, has been subject to doubts over its effectiveness, and expresses further concern that, with the Border TV region having the highest percentage of viewers receiving their television signal through relay transmitters, the switchover will create a two-tier service with more than 50% of viewers in the Borders able to access only 50% of digital channels.

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
8th Meeting, 2008

The Commission will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Commission will consider whether to take agenda item 5, and future consideration of a draft report on Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2009-10, in private.

2. Audit Scotland Annual Report and Accounts for the year to 31 March 2008 and Auditor’s Report on the Accounts: 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;

and then from—

Richard Gibson, HW Chartered Accountants, External Auditors to Audit Scotland.

3. Audit Scotland’s Autumn Budget Revision 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.

4. Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal 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.

5. Audit Scotland evidence: The Commission will consider the evidence heard to date to inform the preparation of its report on Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2009-10.

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