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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.

Local Government and Communities Committee
12th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.15 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 6 and 7 in private.

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

the Business Improvement Districts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/510).

3. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence from—

Cllr Pat Watters, President, Rory Mair, Chief Executive and Martin Booth, Head of Finance, COSLA.

4. Elections 2007: The Committee will take evidence on the report of the Electoral Commission "Taking forward the Electoral Commission’s independent review of the 2007 Scottish Parliamentary and local government elections" from—

Sir Neil McIntosh CBE, Commissioner, Peter Wardle, Chief Executive and Andy O’Neill, Head of Office, Scotland, The Electoral Commission.

Not before 11.30 am:

5. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, David Henderson, Head of Local Government Finance, Ruth Parsons, Director, Public Service Reform Directorate and Graham Owenson, Local Government Finance Team Leader, Scottish Government.

6. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will consider evidence heard today and at its previous meeting.

7. Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: The Committee will consider possible witnesses.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decision to take business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 and all future items relating to the draft report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09 in private.

2. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09, from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Chris McCrone, Finance Team Leader, Finance Directorate and Graeme Dickson, Director, Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Scottish Government.

3. Recent decisions by Aberdeenshire Council in relation to golf tourism: The Committee will discuss the implications for tourism and the attraction of inward investment to Scotland.

4. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will discuss its approach to producing a draft report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
12th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the draft budget from—

Cllr Isabel Hutton, Education, Children and Young People spokesperson, Jon Harris, Strategic Director and Robert Nicol, Policy Manager, COSLA.

Not before 10.30 am:

and then from—

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Colin MacLean, Director, Children, Young People and Social Care Directorate, Liz Hunter, Director, Schools Directorate and Mark Batho, Director, Lifelong Learning Directorate, Scottish Government.

2. Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.

Health and Sport Committee
11th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following instruments:

the Feed (Corn Gluten Feed and Brewers Grains) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/493);

the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/500); and

the Public Health (Ships) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/515).

2. Health and Social Care Bill (UK legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, (LCM(S3) 5.1) and take evidence from—

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Paul Martin, Chief Nursing Officer and Interim Director of Workforce, Audrey Cowie, Professional Adviser – Regulation and Workforce Standards and Kathleen Preston, Scottish Government Solicitor, Scottish Government.

3. Budget process 2008/09: The Committee will take evidence from—

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Dr Kevin Woods, Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director-General, Health, Alex Smith, Interim Director of Finance, Health Directorate-General and Pam Whittle, Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, Scottish Government.

4. Budget process 2008/09 (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence heard today.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Scottish Government’s Budget 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Budget Spending Review 2007 from—

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, John Mason, Director of the Environmental Quality Directorate and the Climate Change and Water Industry Directorate, David Wilson, Director of the Marine Directorate, Andy Robb, Director of the Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate, Ingrid Clayden, Head of the Rural Development Division, Rural Directorate, and David Reid, Head of Rural Affairs and Environment Finance, Finance Directorate, Scottish Government,

and decide whether to consider a draft report to the Finance Committee in private at its meeting on 19 December.

Not before 11.30 am:

2. Fisheries Council: The Committee will take evidence on the issues to be considered at the December EU Fisheries Council from—

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, David Wilson, Director of the Marine Directorate, Frank Strang, Head of the Sea Fisheries Conservation Division and Simon Dryden, Head of Licensing and Effort Management, Scottish Government.

3. Flooding and flood management: Committee members who participated in the visits to Perth and the River Devon, and to Glasgow and East Kilbride, on 27 November will report back to the Committee.

4. Rural housing: The Committee will decide who is to be its reporter on rural housing for the purpose of attending the Rural Housing Service Annual Conference 2008.

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following document that is subject to negative procedure—

Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part IIA Contaminated Land: The Radioactive Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2007 – Draft Statutory Guidance (SE 2007/168);

and the following negative instruments—

the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Export and Movement Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/518);

the Seed Potatoes (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/520);

the Zootechnical Standards Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/521); and

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No.4) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/523).

Audit Committee
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: James Kelly MSP will be asked to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 6 and 7 in private.

3. Overseas staff in the NHS, pre-employment checks: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Overseas staff in the NHS, pre-employment checks". (AGS/2007/9).

4. Police call management: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report "Police call management, an initial review". (AGS/2007/8).

5. Consideration of the title and remit of the Audit Committee: The Committee will consider a note from the Clerk on the title and remit of the Audit Committee.

6. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the AGS report entitled "Overseas staff in the NHS, pre-employment checks". (AGS/2007/9).

7. Section 22 Report on Western Isles Health Board: The Committee will consider detailed arrangements for its inquiry on the Section 22 report "The 2006/07 Audit of the Western Isles Health Board".

Meeting of the Parliament

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Neil Urquhart, Fullarton Church, Irvine

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Prescription Charges

followed by Ministerial Statement: Class Sizes

followed by Scottish Government Debate: National Fostering and Kinship Care—

S3M-965 Adam Ingram: National Fostering and Kinship Care—That the Parliament recognises that the needs of a child are paramount and that families should be supported to stay together; agrees that, where the child needs to live away from his or her birth parents, care within the family circle by a kinship carer should be the first option unless it is not in the best interests of the child; believes that all placements for a child who must live away from his or her birth parents must provide a safe and nurturing home, whether for a planned short-term period or on a permanent basis, and affirms its commitment to the provision of equitable and appropriate support for all carers of looked-after children, with systems in place to ensure that carers can provide the best possible opportunities and chances to all looked-after children.

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-980 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 6 December 2007—

after

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Summary Justice Reform

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followed by Scottish Government Motion: Membership of the Committee of the Regions and the Regional Chamber of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

S3M-981 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 12 December 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Government’s Health Strategy

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Benefits of Woodland and Greenspaces

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 13 December 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Liberal Democrats Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Local Government Finance Settlement 2008-2011

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Local Government Finance Settlement 2008-2011

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 19 December 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 20 December 2007

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 Stage 3 Debate: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-977 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Inquiries and Hearings Procedure) Rules 2007 be approved.

S3M-978 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Applications and Objections Procedure) Rules 2007 be approved.

S3M-979 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consents under Enactments) Regulations 2007 be approved.

5.15 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-786 Christine Grahame: Lancastria—That the Parliament notes the armistice commemorations and takes time to reflect on the remarkable sacrifice made by veterans of many countries during numerous conflicts since the First World War; notes, in particular, the loss of the troopship, Lancastria, which was sunk on 17 June 1940 with the loss of 4,000 lives, an estimated 400 of them Scots, including individuals from the South of Scotland; notes the decades of official silence surrounding this loss, the worst for British forces in the whole of the Second World War, and supports the calls from the remaining survivors and relatives of victims for official recognition of this tragedy.

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