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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.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
24th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 5 and 6 in private.

2. Protection of Workers (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

3. Banking issues: The Committee will discuss correspondence received relating to banking issues in Scotland.

4. Energy inquiry - update from the Scottish Government: The Committee will consider a progress note from the Scottish Government on the delivery of the recommendations made as part of the Committee’s inquiry.

5. A fundamental review of the purpose of an enterprise agency and the success of the recent reforms: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

6. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2011-12 - appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider a draft remit, person-specification and a list of candidates for the post of budget adviser.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
22nd Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Eila Macqueen, Director, Archaeology Scotland;
Simon Gilmour, Trustee and Convener, Bill Taskforce, Built Environment Forum Scotland;
Alexander Hay, Chairman, Historic Houses Association for Scotland;
Terry Levinthal, Director of Conservation, National Trust for Scotland;
Diana Murray, Chief Executive, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland; and
Alison Polson, Member, Planning Group, Scottish Rural Property Business Association.

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

the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (Practice and Procedure) Amendment (No. 2) Rules 2010 (SSI2010/274);
the Additional Support for Learning (Co-ordinated Support Plan and Dispute Resolution) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/275);
the Additional Support for Learning (Appropriate Agencies and Sources of Information) (Scotland) Amendment of Commencement Dates Order 2010 (SSI2010/276); and
the Education (Treatment of Student Loans on Sequestration) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/300).

3. Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Health and Sport Committee
25th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 2 from—

Dr Alasdair Forsyth, Senior Research Fellow, Glasgow Centre for the Study of Violence, Glasgow Caledonian University;
Chief Superintendent Bob Hamilton, Territorial Policing, Strathclyde Police;

and then from—

Professor Sally Brown, Chair, Alcohol Commission; and
Brian Fearon, former Director of Social Work and Housing, East Dunbartonshire Council.

Local Government and Communities Committee
20th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.

2. Property Factors (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Brian Parr, Group Manager, Housing Investment – Private Sector, Glasgow City Council, COSLA;
Peter Lukacs, Director, Markets and Projects - Infrastructure, Office of Fair Trading;
Douglas White, Senior Policy Advocate, Consumer Focus Scotland;

and then from—

Paula Hoogerbrugge, Greenbelt Group Action; and
Elizabeth Murray, Stonelaw Court Owners’ Association.

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

the Notice to Local Authorities (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/251);
the Lay Representation in Proceedings relating to Residential Property (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/264); and
the Charities Accounts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/287).

4. Property Factors (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence heard to date.

5. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2011-12: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2011-12.

Public Audit Committee
14th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 5, 7 and 8 in private.

2. Section 23 report - The Gathering 2009: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The Gathering 2009" from—

Lord Sempill, Director, and Jenny Gilmour, Director, The Gathering 2009 Ltd.

3. Section 23 report - Emergency departments: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Emergency departments".

4. Section 23 report - The 2008/09 audit of Transport Scotland: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Committee’s report entitled "The 2008/09 audit of Transport Scotland".

5. Consideration of evidence - The Gathering 2009: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 2.

6. Section 23 report - Overview of the NHS in Scotland’s performance 2008/09 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Overview of the NHS in Scotland’s performance 2008/09".

7. Consideration of approach - Emergency departments: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Emergency departments".

8. Section 23 report - Commonwealth Games 2014, Progress report on planning for the delivery of the XXth Games: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Commonwealth Games 2014, Progress report on planning for the delivery of the XXth Games".

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
19th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on—

the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2002 Modification Order 2010 (SSI2010/draft);

the Cairngorms National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2003 Modification order 2010 (SSI2010/draft); and
the Cairngorms National Park Elections (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010 (SSI2010/draft) from—
Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for Environment, Helen Jones, Head of the National Parks & Outdoor Recreation Team, and Andrew Crawley, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Roseanna Cunningham (Minister for Environment) to move S3M-06944—

That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2002 Modification Order 2010 (SSI2010/draft) be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: Roseanna Cunningahm MSP to move S3M-06946—

That the Rural Affairs and the Environment Committee recommends that the Cairngorms National Park Designation, Transitional and Consequential Provisions (Scotland) Order 2003 Modification Order 2010 (SSI2010/draft) be approved.

4. Subordinate legislation: Roseanna Cunningham to move S3M-06945—

That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the Cairngorms National Park Elections (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010 (SSI2010/draft) be approved.

5. Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Lloyd Austin, Convenor, Scottish Environment LINK WANE group, LINK Trustee and Head of Conservation Policy, Royal Society for Protection of Birds Scotland;
Dr Deborah Long, Convenor, Scottish Environment LINK Biodiversity Task Force, Chair, LINK Board of Trustees and Conservation Manager, Plantlife Scotland;
Dr Paul Walton, Member, Scottish Environment LINK Biodiversity Task Force and Head of Habitats and Species, Royal Society for Protection of Birds Scotland;
Mike Daniels, Member, Scottish Environment LINK Deer Task Force and Chief Scientific Officer, John Muir Trust, Scottish Environment Link;

and then from—

Bob Elliot, Head of Investigations, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds;
Alex Hogg, Chairman, Scottish Gamekeepers Association;
Sheriff T.A.K Drummond, QC; and
Mark Rafferty, Special Investigations Unit, The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; and Constable David McKinnon, Wildlife Crime Officer, Grampian Police.

6. Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Robert Allan, Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Parish Church, Falkirk

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Ambulance Service Call Handling

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Drugs Strategy—

S3M-6978 Fergus Ewing: Drugs Strategy—That the Parliament notes the progress made in delivering Scotland’s national drugs strategy, The Road to Recovery; welcomes the fact that Scotland is leading the way in ensuring that recovery and the needs of the individual are at the heart of drug services; notes the progress made in significantly bringing down waiting times for access to services, and calls on the Scottish Government and all relevant national and local agencies to continue to drive forward the delivery of the strategy.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-6978.2 James Kelly: Drugs Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-6978) in the name of Fergus Ewing, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "acknowledges the serious problems with drug misuse still blighting too many communities; recognises that,despite the small reduction in drug-related deathsin the last year, significantchallenges remain in achieving a further reduction; is concerned about recent funding cuts to voluntary sector organisations and the impact that this could have on services; notes the high number of prison inmates abusing drugs, and urges the Scottish Government and Scottish Prison Service to do more to stop illegal drugs entering prisons."

S3M-6978.1 John Lamont: Drugs Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-6978) in the name of Fergus Ewing, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "recognises the progress that has been made in Scotland with the publishing of Scotland’s national drugs strategy, The Road to Recovery; notes that, with the change in emphasis to recovery, Scotland has slowly started the journey toward battling the damaging effects that substance abuse has on society; believes that more needs to be done in identifying models that work, including those delivered by voluntary and faith groups, removing discrimination and territorial barriers and rolling out best practice to ensure that the ethos of the drugs strategy is felt in every aspect of rehabilitation; notes the significant role that substance abuse plays in criminal activity and the complex needs of those in custody with substance addictions, and believes that more needs to be done to ensure that prisons are drug free and every support is made available to those prisoners who want to become free of drugs."

S3M-6978.4 Robert Brown: Drugs Strategy—As an amendment to motion (S3M-6978) in the name of Fergus Ewing, insert at end "; recognises the effectiveness of drug treatment and testing orders (DTTO) in providing intensive, specialist support to individuals involved in drug-related offending, and calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that DTTOs are available to all Scottish courts as required."

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-6982 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 September 2010

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Health and Sport Committee Debate: Inquiry into Clinical Portal and Telehealth Development in NHS Scotland

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 23 September 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

followed by Scottish Government Debate: A Low Carbon Economy for Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 29 September 2010

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 30 September 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Justice and the Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-6983 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Alcohol etc (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 1 October 2010.

S3M-6984 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 29 October 2010.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-6985 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that

Claire Baker be appointed to replace Dr Richard Simpson as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Justice Committee;

Dr Richard Simpson be appointed to replace Claire Baker as the Scottish Labour Party substitute on the Public Petitions Committee.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of –

S3M-6923 Ross Finnie: Hunterston Not the Way Forward for Carbon Capture—That the Parliament notes the lodging of the application by Peel Energy Ltd to build a 1,600 megawatt coal-fired power station at Hunterston, North Ayrshire; understands that, initially, the power station is to have 400 megawatt of its gross output (300 megawatt net) processed through carbon capture and storage technology, which would leave 75% to 80% of the plant’s CO2 emissions unabated for an indeterminate length of time; considers that these unabated emissions, which could amount to up to some four million tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum, are incompatible with the climate change targets set out in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, and accordingly believes that the development of carbon capture and storage technology should be restricted to existing coal-fired stations.

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