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BUSINESS BULLETIN 24 / 2000

Wednesday 9 February 2000

Section A – Daily Business List

 

 

Meetings of Committees

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

 

Education, Culture and Sport Committee

5th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Mr John Patton (President, Educational Institute of Scotland)

Mr Ronnie Smith (General Secretary, Educational Institute of Scotland)

Mr John Kelly (Executive member, NASUWT Scotland)

Mr David Eaglesham (General Secretary, Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association)

Mr Robert Christie (Secretary for Scotland, Professional Association of Teachers)

Mr Bill Milligan (President, Association of Headteachers in Scotland)

Mr Gordon Mackenzie (Vice President, Headteachers’ Association of Scotland)

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities:

Councillor Helen Law, Fife Council

Mr Keir Bloomer, Executive Director Education and Community Services, Clackmannanshire Council

Mr Gordon Jeyes, Head of Children’s Services, Stirling Council

 

Health and Community Care Committee

4th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Research: The Committee will consider the report on the research resources available

2. Petition: The Committee will consider petition PE52 from the Scottish Socialist Party calling for the Parliament to conduct a referendum in the Lothians on the method of funding to be used for the building of Edinburgh’s new Royal Infirmary

3. Report on Stobhill Hospital: The Committee will consider the report from Dr Richard Simpson, Reporter to the Committee on Stobhill Hospital (Petition PE48)

4. Contacts from Outside Organisations: The Committee will consider the report regarding correspondence received from outside organisations

5. Forward Work Plan and Community Care Inquiry: The Committee will consider its forward work plan and the next step of the inquiry

6. Workload Priorities: The Committee will consider the report into its priorities

 

Standards Committee

3rd Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider applications for recognition received from proposed Cross-Party Groups

2. Code of Conduct for Members: The Committee will consider the terms of the draft motion to be lodged by the Standards Committee seeking the Parliament’s agreement to the proposed Code of Conduct.

 

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

4th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh

1. Local Economic Development Inquiry - Executive Action : The Committee will consider recent action taken and proposed by the Scottish Executive in relation to the Framework for Economic Development Strategy and the Small Business Services initiative. The Committee will take evidence from the following witnesses—

Andrew Goudie – Chief Economic Adviser, Scottish Executive

Ian Howie – Head of Business Growth Unit, Scottish Executive

2. Local Economic Development Inquiry - Grampian Case Study: The Committee will take evidence from the following witnesses—

Ed Gillespie – Grampian Enterprise Limited

Bruce Armitage – Grampian Enterprise Limited

Gordon McIntosh – Head of Economic Development, Aberdeen Council

Amanda Harvie – Chief Executive, Aberdeen Chambers of Commerce

Bill Ferguson – Aberdeen Enterprise Trust

3. Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Bill : The Education, Culture and Sport Committee has referred the Bill to this Committee, which will consider any submission it wishes to make with regard to Enterprise and Lifelong Learning issues.

4. Petrol Price Inquiry: The Committee will consider the issue of differential petrol pricing in remote rural areas of Scotland.

 

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Reverend Susan Brown, Minister of Dornoch Cathedral

followed by Ministerial Statement on Public Appointments

followed by Motion by Nicol Stephen—

S1M-508 Nicol Stephen: Knowledge Economy—That the Parliament recognises that our future prosperity depends upon success in taking up the challenges and opportunities of the Knowledge Economy and that the building of a Knowledge Economy, which has as its hallmarks lifelong learning, knowledge, skills, innovation, enterprise and social justice for all, is essential to a modern and more prosperous Scotland.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S1M-508.2 Mr John Swinney: Knowledge Economy—As an amendment to motion (S1M-508) in the name of Nicol Stephen, insert at end "and calls upon the Scottish Executive to put in place a coherent strategy to ensure that areas of common interest between separate taskforces and Executive departments are properly co-ordinated and focused, to introduce a framework to measure effectively the performance of the Scottish economy in adapting to the challenges of the Knowledge Economy and to ensure that the Knowledge Economy is not placed at any competitive disadvantage."

S1M-508.1 David Mundell: Knowledge Economy—As an amendment to motion (S1M-508) in the name of Nicol Stephen, insert at end "and that this will only be achieved by the urgent establishment of a clear vision for the Scottish Economy and a strategy to achieve it."

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of –

S1M-304 Cathy Jamieson: Asylum and Immigration Act—That the Parliament is concerned that aspects of the Asylum and Immigration Act will effectively amend Scottish legislation pertaining to social work, the health service, mental health, children’s rights and housing; considers that the Scottish Parliament should, therefore, be consulted on this matter; believes that the cash payments to asylum seekers should continue in Scotland, and believes that the Scottish Parliament should consider supplementing financial resources provided to local authorities by the Home Office in relation to the Act’s provisions and that the timetable for the Act’s implementation in Scotland should be extended to April 2001 to allow time to address the specific problems which the Act poses for Scotland.

 
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