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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
23rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Determining and delivering Scotland’s energy future - scenario planning: The Committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

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

Professor Jim McDonald, Principal Designate, University of Strathclyde;

Andrew Haslett, Director - Strategy Development, Energy Technologies Institute;

Dr Richard Dixon, Director, WWF Scotland;

Maf Smith, Director, Sustainable Development Commission Scotland.

2. Convener’s note on visit to Dundee: The Convener will update the Committee on his recent visit to Dundee to meet with various computer gaming companies and with representatives of the University of Abertay.

Audit Committee
17th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 5 and 6 in private.

2. Section 23 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Review of NHS diagnostic services".

3. Section 22 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "the 2007/2008 audit of Highlands and Islands Enterprise".

4. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of major capital projects".

5. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Review of NHS diagnostic services".

6. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "the 2007/2008 audit of Highlands and Islands Enterprise".

7. Section 23 report (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of free personal and nursing care".

Health and Sport Committee
29th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

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

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Kenneth Hogg, Deputy Director, Health Delivery, Robert Kirkwood, Policy Officer, and Kathleen Preston, Solicitor, Scottish Government.

3. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider options for a draft Stage 1 report.

4. Mental health services inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

Local Government and Communities Committee
30th 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 4 in private.

2. Child poverty in Scotland inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Director, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships;

Jim McCormick, Scottish Advisor, Joseph Rowntree Foundation;

Professor Paul Spicker, Director, Centre for Public Policy and Management.

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

the National Health Service Central Register (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/358);

the Business Improvement Districts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/359);

the Valuation for Rating (Plant and Machinery) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/360).

4. National Planning Framework 2: The Committee will consider its approach.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
22nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

the Plant Health (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/350);

the Sheep and Goats (Identification and Traceability) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/368).

2. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Hugh Clayden, Sustainable Forest Management Policy Adviser, Forestry Commission Scotland;

Mike Donaghy, Scottish Environment LINK;

John Thomson, Director of Strategy and Communications, Scottish Natural Heritage;

and then from—

Nigel Miller, Vice President, National Farmers’ Union Scotland;

Dr Karen Smyth, Rural Development Manager, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association;

Gareth Williams, Policy Manager North, Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

3. Ticks and tick-borne diseases: John Scott MSP will report back to the Committee on a Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases meeting he attended on 7 November 2008.

4. Pig industry: The Committee will consider correspondence received from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.

5. Crown Estate: The Committee will consider correspondence received from the Crown Estate Commissioners.

6. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

7. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Rev David Whiteman, Coylton Parish Church linked with Drongan the Schaw Kirk

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Government’s Response to the Pre-budget Report

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

S3M-2691 Jackie Baillie: Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill.

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

S3M-2950 John Swinney: Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-2960 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 3 December 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Government’s Response to the Pre-Budget Report

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 4 December 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

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Report into Child Protection Services in Aberdeen

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Forced Marriages

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 10 December 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: 1st Report 2008: Elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: 8th Report 2008: Audit Committee - Title and Remit

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 11 December 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

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-2959 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 19 December 2008.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-2961 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Suspension of Standing Orders—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purpose of allowing up to 30 minutes to debate motion S3M-2958 on Thursday 27 November 2008, the second and third sentences of Rule 10.6.5 of Standing Orders be suspended.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-2472 Stuart McMillan: Sailing and Boating Continues to Expand and Contribute to the Scottish Economy—That the Parliament acknowledges that sailing and boating continues to expand as an industry bringing substantial benefits to the economy and offering people jobs; notes that there are some 250,000 yachts in the United Kingdom, of which 15,000 are currently berthed in Scotland and that, of these, approximately 5,000 are based on the River Clyde, with 3,000 in marinas and 2,000 on moorings in the Clyde; further notes that the leisure marine industry turnover in Scotland is £98.9 million per annum, that the industry employs 1,816 full-time equivalents in Scotland and supports 7,900 jobs and that the economic benefit of recreational boating in Scotland is estimated to be in excess of £250 million; acknowledges that further marina development is scheduled throughout Scotland with proposals for marinas in Greenock that would further enhance the reputation of sailing on the west coast; congratulates everyone connected with recreational sailing and boating for this economic success, and looks forward to even more economic delivery in the future.

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