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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
22nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Determining and delivering Scotland’s energy future - the political landscape: The Committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

Colin Imrie, Head of Energy Markets Division, Scottish Government;

Robin Presswood, Business and Strategy Manager, Development Services, Fife Council;

Rob Hastings, Director of Marine Estate, The Crown Estate;

Alison Kay, Commercial Director - Transmission, The National Grid;

Audrey MacIver, Head of Energy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

Brian Nixon, Senior Director - Energy, Scottish Enterprise;

Dave Watson, Scottish Organiser (Policy), UNISONScotland;

Nicholas Gubbins, Chief Executive, Community Energy Scotland.

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

Audit Committee
16th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 8 and its future consideration of a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report "A review of free personal and nursing care" in private.

2. Section 23 report: Following on from the publication of the Auditor General for Scotland’s report enititled "Review of palliative care services in Scotland", the Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the Scottish Government’s action plan on palliative care.

3. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Review of the new General Medical Services contract".

4. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Day surgery in Scotland".

5. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A performance overview of sport in Scotland".

6. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Police call management: an initial review".

7. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A financial overview of Scotland’s colleges".

8. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Review of palliative care in Scotland" following the briefing received at agenda item 2.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
27th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

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—

Councillor Kirsty West, Lead Councillor for Education, Aberdeen City Council;

Robin Gourlay, Head of Facilities Management, East Ayrshire Council;

Albert Henderson, Head of Schools, Inverclyde Council;

Lynn Mirley, Head of Business Services, Scottish Borders Council.

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

Health and Sport Committee
27th 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 4 in private.

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

Prof Bill Stevely CBE, Chairman, NHS Ayrshire and Arran;

Dr Charles Winstanley, Chairman, and Heather Tierney-Moore, Director of Nursing, NHS Lothian;

Sandy Watson OBE, Chairman, and Peter Williamson, Director of Health Strategy, NHS Tayside;

and then from—

John McCormick, Electoral Commissioner, and Andy O’Neill, Head of Office, Scotland, Electoral Commission;

Robert Jack, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives;

William Pollock, Chair, Scotland and Northern Ireland Branch, Association of Electoral Administrators.

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.

4. Mental health services inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry in the light of members’ recent visits to mental health services across Scotland.

Local Government and Communities Committee
28th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Scheme of Assistance) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport, Roger Harris, Head of Private Sector Policy Delivery, David Blair, Unit Head, Private Housing Quality Unit, and David Bookbinder, Policy Adviser, Private Housing Quality Unit, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Stewart Maxwell MSP (Minister for Communities and Sport) to move S3M-02763—

That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Scheme of Assistance) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) be approved.

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

the Notice to Local Authorities (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/324).

4. Child poverty in Scotland Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Lindsay Isaacs, Social Policy Officer, Citizens Advice Scotland;

Jo Kirby, Advice Services Manager, The Action Group;

Mark Lyonette, Chief Executive Officer, Association of British Credit Unions.

5. 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.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.00 pm Time for Reflection - Munuza Sheikh, Scottish Interfaith Council

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill—

S3M-2594 Alasdair Morgan: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill—

S3M-2837 John Swinney: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill, agrees to any expenditure charged on the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Economy—

S3M-2853 John Swinney: Scottish Economy—That the Parliament notes the impact of the global economic slowdown on families, individuals and businesses across Scotland and supports the early and decisive action that the Scottish Government has taken, within its current responsibilities, to help businesses and households, to maximise jobs and investment and to provide a solid foundation for Scotland to take early and speedy advantage of any recovery.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-2853.4 John Park: Scottish Economy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2853) in the name of John Swinney, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "calls on the Scottish Government to bring forward measures that will make a real difference to Scottish families, such as reintroducing adult apprenticeship funding across all sectors, improving the services provided by Partnership Action for Continuing Employment to ensure a proactive approach to matching up people with job opportunities, and to ditch plans for a local income tax, which organisations such as STUC and CBI agree would be bad for families, business and enterprise."

S3M-2853.1 Derek Brownlee: Scottish Economy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2853) in the name of John Swinney, leave out from second "and" to end and insert "; notes the actions already taken by the Scottish Government but believes that the current recession is in part attributable to the mismanagement of the UK economy by the present UK Government and the era of irresponsibility over which it has presided, evidenced by the record levels of government borrowing, regulatory failure and the taxation of pension schemes, which has discouraged saving and investment, and welcomes the measures approved by this Parliament, such as business rates relief and the council tax freeze, which will help businesses and households to maximise jobs and investment and provide a basis for Scotland to take early and speedy advantage of any recovery."

S3M-2853.3 Jeremy Purvis: Scottish Economy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-2853) in the name of John Swinney, leave out from "across" to end and insert "; deeply regrets the lack of early and decisive action by the Scottish Government in response to this downturn; recognises that its much trumpeted six-point plan is little more than re-announced promises; welcomes the growing consensus across all the major parties that tax cuts are a positive and effective way to energise the economy, and calls on the Scottish Government to revise the operating plan of Scottish Enterprise, restore local economic development and support to small businesses, make a statement on how capital projects are being accelerated and use the tax-varying powers at its disposal to implement the Liberal Democrats’ proposed 2p reduction in the basic rate of Scottish income tax to deliver more than £300 per year into the pay packet of the average Scottish earner and a significant fiscal stimulus to the economy."

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-2860 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 November 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Fuel Poverty

followed by Scottish Government Debate: ID Cards

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 Debate: Supporting Scotland’s Looked-after Children

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 Debate: A Fresh Start for Scottish Aquaculture

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 26 November 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 27 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

Education and Lifelong Learning,
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

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

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-2684 Dave Thompson: Welcoming the Launch of Community Energy Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Community Energy Scotland, the new Highland-based Scottish charity that has taken over the work of the Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company to support communities throughout Scotland to develop sustainable energy projects; commends the organisation’s aim to build confidence, resilience and wealth at community level in Scotland through sustainable energy development, and further commends its leadership role in the growing grass-roots movement dedicated to reinforcing local control and decision-making within the community sector through sustainable energy development and the contribution that this will make to achieving Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets.

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