Meetings of Committees
All meetings take place in Committee Chambers, Edinburgh unless otherwise
Education, Culture and Sport Committee
The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2
1. Improvement in Scottish Education Bill -
Evidence: The Committee will take evidence from St Marys Episcopal Primary
School, Dunblane and the Steiner Waldorf Schools.
2. Inquiry into Special Educational Needs: The Committee will
consider further the remit for the proposed inquiry.
3. Committee Visits to Schools: The Committee will receive reports
from members who undertook visits to schools.
4. National Arts Companies Inquiry: The Committee will consider
evidence received to date.
The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4
1. Draft Code of Conduct for Members: The Committee will continue
its consideration of the following sections of the draft Code:
Introduction and Key Principles
Lobbying and Access to MSPs
Regulation of Cross-Party Groups
2. Complaints against Mike Watson, MSP: The Committee will consider
its draft Report on this matter. It is expected that the Committee may decide to consider
this item in private session.
Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3
1. Consideration of Tourism Review and Case Studies: The Committee
will consider its handling of the New Strategy for Scottish Tourism when received; and the
case studies it intends to undertake as part of its inquiry into local economic
2. Local Economic Development Inquiry (in private): The Committee
will consider and agree its interim conclusions following the first stage of the inquiry.
Local Government Committee
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The
1. Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill: The
Committee will take evidence at pre-legislative stage of the Bill from
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE)
Society of Local Authority lawyers and administrators in Scotland (SOLAR)
Scottish Health Boards General Managers Group
2. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the
following affirmative instrument
The Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish ministers
etc.) (No. 2) Order 1999
3. Inquiry into business rating revaluation: The Committee will
consider paper LG/99/11/1 by the Clerk.
Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1
1. Housing Stock Transfer: The Committee will take evidence on the
policy of Housing Stock Transfer from
Liz Nicholson and Gavin Corbett, Shetler Scotland
Robert Aldridge and Chris Campbell, Scottish Council for Single Homeless.
2. Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill: The Committee
will consider whether further evidence is required.
3. Voluntary Sector: The Committee will consider the remit of the
voluntary sector reporter.
4. Timetable of future business: The Committee will consider its
future timetable of work.
Meeting of the Parliament
2.30 pm Time for Reflection Dr Mona Siddiqui, Lecturer in
Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Glasgow
followed by Ministerial Statement on Local Government Finance
followed by Motion by Mr John Home Robertson
S1M-358 Mr John Home Robertson: Sea FisheriesThat the
Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to seek the best possible outcome for
Scottish fishermen, consistent with sustainable fishing, from the forthcoming negotiations
leading up to the December Fisheries Council.
The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments
S1M-358.1 Mr Alex Salmond: Sea FisheriesAs an
amendment to motion (S1M-358) in the name of Mr John Home Robertson, insert at end
"negotiate the transfer of lead responsibility for European Union fisheries
negotiations from Her Majestys Government to the Scottish Executive, in recognition
of Scotlands dominant position within the UK industry; pursue a control regime for
the Scottish industry that does not place it at a competitive disadvantage in comparison
to other EU fleets, and influence the forthcoming reform of the Common Fisheries Policy by
bringing forward proposals to introduce the concept of zonal management thereby involving
the industry itself in the decision-making process, whilst maintaining the founding
principles of the original agreement, namely relative stability, the Hague preferences and
historic fishing rights, to re-affirm that the Common Fisheries Policy is not a
S1M-358.2 Mr Jamie McGrigor: Sea FisheriesAs an amendment to
motion (S1M-358) in the name of Mr John Home Robertson, delete from calls to
end and insert: "recognises that the current Common Fisheries Policy arrangements are
failing our fishermen and calls upon the Scottish Executive to advocate reform of the CFP
that devolves power to regional and zonal levels which would give our fishermen better
control over the stocks of fish whilst recognising the traditional rights of other
countries, and further calls for the fishing section of MAFF to be relocated to the North
East of Scotland, the UKs main fishing centre, and that continuous assessment should
replace the current practice of annual negotiation.
followed by Parliamentary Bureau motions
followed by Motion by Mr John Home Robertson
S1M-344 Mr John Home Robertson: Sea
Fishing Grants (Charges) BillThat the Parliament accepts the need to establish the
validity of charges levied by the Sea Fish Industry Authority and the Herring Industry
Board as set out in the Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill and agrees that the Bill should
be considered by the UK Parliament.
To be taken without debate
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members' Business
Debate on the subject of