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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.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
29th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 7 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Andrew Scott, Director of Lifelong Learning, Anne Black, Policy Officer, Further and Adult Education, and Stephen O’Connor, Policy Officer, Higher Education and Learner Support, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning to move S3M-2832—

That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) and the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Andrew Scott, Director of Lifelong Learning, Anne Black, Policy Officer, Further and Adult Education, and Stephen O’Connor, Policy Officer, Higher Education and Learner Support, Scottish Government.

5. Subordinate legislation: Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, to move S3M-2833—

That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) and the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

6. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Robin McKendrick, Support for Learning Division, Head of Branch and Bill Team Leader, Susan Gilroy, Support for Learning Division, Policy Officer and Bill Team Official, Louisa Walls, Principal Legal Officer, Branch 4 – Solicitors DELA Division, and Joanne Briggs, Economic Advisor, Analytical Services Unit - Schools, Scottish Government.

7. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider written evidence recieved from local authorities and decide which to invite to give oral evidence.

Local Government and Communities Committee
31st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Fuel poverty: The Committee will take evidence from—

Rev. Graham Blount, Chair, Norman Kerr (Energy Action Scotland), Ruth Semple (Scottish Power), Carol Aitken (Scottish Gas), and Mike Thornton (Energy Saving Trust), Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum.

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

the Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Areas and Rateable Value Limits) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2008/370);

the Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Areas and Rateable Value Limits) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/371).

Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill Committee
1st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Members of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose a Convener.

3. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a Deputy Convener.

4. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Graham Blount, Scottish Churches Parliamentary Officer

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-3008 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 December 2008

2.00 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 Ministerial Statement: Strategic Transport Projects Review

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Strategic Transport Projects Review

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 Labour 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 Ministerial Statement: Local Government Finance Settlement 2009-10

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Local Government Finance Settlement 2009-10

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 17 December 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Finance Committee Debate: Budget Process 2009-10

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 18 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business.

S3M-3009 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 19 December 2008.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-3010 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2008 Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-1975 Gavin Brown: South Edinburgh Suburban Railway—That the Parliament notes the wide public and cross-party political support that the campaign for the reopening of the South Sub railway has gathered; acknowledges the importance of the work carried out by groups such as Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG), E-Rail and TRANSform Scotland; observes that the most recent report on the reopening of the South Sub did not contain a benefit-cost ratio, which was positive in previous reports; believes that the reopening of the South Sub would ease the impact of traffic on the main routes into the city as well as playing an important role in the reduction of fuel emissions in the south of Edinburgh, and believes that there is a case for the reopening of passenger services on the South Edinburgh Suburban Railway.

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
10th Meeting, 2008

The Commission will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 3

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

2. Economy, efficiency and effectiveness examination of Audit Scotland: The Commission will consider follow-up work by the auditors of Audit Scotland on the economy, efficiency and effectiveness examination of Audit Scotland’s fees and charges, and will take evidence from

Jubayeth Hussain, Partner, HW Chartered Accountants.

3. Auditors of Audit Scotland: The Commission will consider a paper from the Secretary on extending the contract of the auditors of Audit Scotland.

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