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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
31st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Report of the Teacher Employment Working Group: The Committee will take evidence from—

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, and Michael Kellet, Deputy Director for Teachers Division, Scottish Government.

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

Lorraine Dilworth, Advocacy Manager, ISEA (Scotland);

Iain Nisbet, Head of Education Law Unit, Govan Law Centre.

Local Government and Communities Committee
33rd 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 items 4 and 5 in private. The Committee will also decide whether to take all future consideration of the main themes arising from evidence sessions on the National Planning Framework 2 in private.

2. Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

3. National Planning Framework 2: The Committee will take evidence from—

Jim Mackinnon, Chief Planner, and Dr Graeme Purves, Assistant Chief Planner, Directorate for the Built Environment, Scottish Government.

4. National Planning Framework 2: The Committee will consider the evidence from planning officials.

5. Work programme: The Committee will review an update of its work programme.

Public Audit Committee
19th 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 items 4 and 5 in private.

2. Review of SPCB supported bodies: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Convener of the Review of SPCB supported bodies committee.

3. Section 23 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Improving energy efficiency".

4. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Improving energy efficiency".

5. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Police call management: an initial review".

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
24th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: Nanette Milne MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

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

the Zoonoses and Animal By-Products (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/378).

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

David Faichney, Flood Warning Unit Manager, and Chris Spray, Director of Environmental Science, SEPA;

and then from—

Michael Russell MSP, Minister for Environment, Judith Tracey, Flooding Policy Team Leader, and Dr Stuart Greig, Senior Flooding Policy Officer, Scottish Government.

5. Marine and Coastal Access Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider its approach to a legislative consent memorandum.

6. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier and consider the possible contents of a draft Stage 1 report.

7. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Very Rev Patrick Keegans, Former Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Church, Lockerbie

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Finance Committee Debate: Budget Process 2009-10—

S3M-3100 Andrew Welsh on behalf of the Finance Committee: 7th Report 2008 (Session 3) of the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10—That the Parliament notes the 7th Report 2008 (Session 3) of the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 (SP Paper 179), and refers the report and its recommendations to the Scottish Government for consideration.

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-3117 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 18 December 2008.

S3M-3118 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 18 December 2008—

after

5.00 pm Decision Time

delete

followed by Members’ Business

and after

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

insert

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-3119 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 January 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: National Qualifications

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 8 January 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Protecting Scotland’s Communities – the Scottish Government’s Offender Management Plan

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Europe, External Affairs and the Environment;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Homecoming and its Potential to Support Sustainable Economic Growth

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 14 January 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 January 2009

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

Health and Wellbeing

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-3120 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Communities Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Scottish Government National Planning Framework for Scotland 2 (Proposed Framework).

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-2665 Des McNulty: Eco-Congregation Scotland Programme—That the Parliament recognises the important role played by churches and other faith groups in Scotland in raising awareness of environmental issues and in particular climate change; congratulates the Eco-Congregation Scotland programme on achieving its 200th registration; notes the rapid growth of the programme across Scotland from its inception less than a decade ago to become the largest network of community environment groups in Scotland and its spread to include congregations from nine denominations, including the congregation of the Abbotsford Parish Church in Clydebank, and welcomes the new commitment that the programme is making to help congregations and communities understand the impact of climate change here and in the developing world, respond appropriately to the challenge climate change presents and take collective and personal responsibility for reducing their carbon emissions.

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