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Wednesday 8 December 1999

Section A – Daily Business List



Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in Committee Chambers, Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.



Education, Culture and Sport Committee

11th Meeting

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 Mary’s 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.



Standards Committee

15th Meeting

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

General Conduct

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

9th Meeting

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 development services.

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

11th Meeting

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh.

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

12th Meeting

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 Fisheries—That 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 Fisheries—As 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 Majesty’s Government to the Scottish Executive, in recognition of Scotland’s 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 free-for-all.

S1M-358.2 Mr Jamie McGrigor: Sea Fisheries—As 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 UK’s 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) Bill—That 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 –

S1M-319 Euan Robson: Hawick—That the Parliament notes with concern the recently reported decline in the population of Hawick, appreciates the work already underway to develop the town and broaden the base of its economy, understands the need for further investments, commends the New Ways economic strategy for the Scottish Borders and hopes that this will lead to the creation of more opportunity to keep young people in the town and the region.

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