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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
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Determining and delivering Scotland’s energy future (in private): The Committee will agree lines of questioning.

Not before 10:00 am

2. Determining and delivering Scotland’s energy future: The Committee will take evidence on the issues of transmission charging and energy infrastructure from—

Alex MacKinnon, Regulation and Trading Arrangements Manager, ScottishPower (Energy Wholesale);

Jason Ormiston, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables;

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

Paul A Neilson, Transmission Development Manager, Scottish and Souther Energy’s Power Distribution Business;

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

and then from—

Steve Smith, Managing Director of Networks, Ofgem.

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

the Scottish Register of Tartans Fees Order 2009 (SSI 2009/6)

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education reports: The Committee will take evidence on the Improving Scottish Education 2005-2008 report, and Annual Report 2007-08 from—

Graham Donaldson, HM Senior Chief Inspector, Wray Bodys, HM Chief Inspector, Annette Bruton, HM Chief Inspector, Chris McIlroy, HM Chief Inspector, and Stuart Robinson, Corporate Services Director, HMIE.

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

the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Transitory Provisions in Consequence of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/4).

Health and Sport Committee
5th Meeting, 2009

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 item 3 in private.

2. Forthcoming legislation: The Committee will consider its approach to forthcoming legislation on tobacco control and general medical services.

3. Cross-border healthcare: The Committee will consider its approach to a proposed EU directive on cross-border healthcare.

4. Mental health services inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

Local Government and Communities Committee
5th Meeting, 2009

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. Homelessness: The Committee will take oral evidence from—

Gavin Corbett, Policy Manager, Shelter;

Andy Young, Policy and Strategy Manager, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations;

Robert Aldridge, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Single Homeless;

and then from—

Cathy King, Head of Housing and Regeneration Services, City of Edinburgh Council;

John Kerr, Strategy Officer, and Janice Lockhart, Section Head of Homelessness Services, West Dunbartonshire Council;

David Kemp, Homelessness Services Manager, Scottish Borders Council.

3. Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Annual Report: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Alice Brown, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, Eric Drake, Director of Investigations, and David Robb, Director of Policy and Development, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

4. Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill: The Committee will consider a potential approach to the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill.

5. National Planning Framework 2 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

the Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/21).

2. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1, in a roundtable discussion, from—

Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive, Confederation of Forest Industries;

Allan Mackenzie, Representative of Forestry Commission Trade Unions;

Dr Calum Macdonald, Forestry Commissioner and Chairman of the National Committee for Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland;

Lisa Duggan, Landscapes Manager, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority;

Angus Yarwood, Convener of the Woodland Task Force, Scottish Environment LINK;

Janice Cassidy, Policy Officer, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association;

Gavin Ellis, Director, Scottish Tourism Forum;

and then from—

Michael Russell MSP, Minister for Environment, Anne Cairns, Solicitor, Rural Affairs Division, and Joe O’Hara, Head of the Natural Heritage Management Team, Scottish Government;

Bob McIntosh, Director, and David Henderson-Howat, Policy Adviser, Forestry Commission Scotland.

3. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

4. Rural housing inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Vinesh Chandrasegaran, Member of Scottish Inter Faith Youth Council, Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation and the Art of Living Foundation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Local Government Finance Act 1992 (Scotland) Order 2009—

S3M-3386 John Swinney: The Local Government Finance Act 1992 (Scotland) Order 2009—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (Scotland) Order 2009 be approved.

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-3420 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 12 February 2009—

(a) delete

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

and insert

9.10 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Member’s Oath/Affirmation - Anne McLaughlin

and (b) after

followed by Financial Resolution: Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill

insert

followed by Appointment of Ministers

S3M-3421 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 February 2009

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Equal Opportunities Committee Debate: Unpaid Carers

followed by Justice Committee Debate: Community Policing Report

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 26 February 2009

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Financial Services Advisory Board (FiSAB)

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill

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

followed by Ministerial Statement: Skills Strategy

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Marine Bill Consultation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 4 March 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 5 March 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-3422 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that "9:10" be substituted for "9:15" in Rule 2.2.3 to allow the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 12 February 2009 to begin at 9.10 am; and

(b) that "9:00" be substituted for "9:15" in Rule 2.2.3 to allow the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 26 February 2009 to begin at 9.00 am.

S3M-3423 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 8 May 2009.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-3424 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Petrol Filling Stations, Public Houses and Hotels) (Scotland) Order 2009 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-3215 Irene Oldfather: People with Dementia in Accident and Emergency - Recognising Their Needs—That the Parliament notes the launch of the report, People with Dementia in NHS Accident and Emergency - Recognising Their Needs, by the Cross Party Group on Alzheimer’s; is concerned that evidence suggests that, while an estimated 70% of elderly people attending accident and emergency will show some sign of having mental health problems including dementia, less than 10% of problems are identified by admitting doctors; notes evidence that suggests that the average length of stay for an older person with dementia in accident and emergency is between three and seven hours and that readmission for this vulnerable group is likely to result in high levels of functional decline; further notes that mortality rates for patients with dementia admitted to hospital are higher than for other elderly people with some studies suggesting that as many as 30% of such patients die within six months and more than 10% are readmitted and may be placed in institutional care as a consequence; recognises the report’s recommendation that where clinically possible there should be a presumption against admission for patients with dementia and that specialist community-based care, including consultant support and diagnostic testing, is desirable; welcomes as a starting point the decision by NHS Ayrshire and Arran to appoint a mental health liaison nurse to lead the development of protocols, policies and guidelines relevant to patients with dementia, and believes that it is important that people with dementia are given appropriate and timely treatment that respects their dignity and independence.

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