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Return of Member - Mid-Scotland and Fife Region

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that on Monday 10 January 2004, in accordance with Section 10(3) of the Scotland Act 1998, he received notification from the Returning Officer of the Mid-Scotland and Fife region that Mr Andrew Arbuckle will fill the vacancy created following the resignation of Mr Keith Raffan. Mr Arbuckle is therefore returned as a regional member for Mid-Scotland and Fife , in terms of Section 10(6) of the Scotland Act 1998

Change of Business

Members may wish to note that Business Motion S2M-2238, which proposes to amend today’s business to include the Oath/Affirmation of the new Member and a Ministerial Statement on the Tsunami Disaster, will be put to the Chamber after Time for Reflection this afternoon. Members should also note that subject to Parliament’s approval today of Parliamentary Bureau Motion S2M-2236, Decision Time will be taken at 5.15pm .

One Minute Silence

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that there will be a pause in proceedings immediately before the proposed Ministerial Statement today to allow the first meeting of the Parliament since the tsunami disaster in Asia to observe one minute’s silence

SPCB Question Time

Members may wish to note that, if Business Motion S2M-2237 is agreed today, there will be an SPCB Question Time on Wednesday 26 January 2005 at 2.15 pm for 15 minutes.

The arrangements for this Question Time will be as follows in accordance with Rule 13.9 of the Standing Orders. Following agreement to the Business Motion, oral questions to the SPCB can be lodged forthwith and until 4 pm on Tuesday 18 January. Questions will be randomly selected and the Presiding Officer has determined that 12 questions will be selected. The random selection will take place on 19 January and selected questions will be published in the Business Bulletin on Thursday 20 January. Members are reminded that questions to the SPCB can only be on matters concerning the SPCB or the staff of the Parliament.

Any of the 12 selected questions that are not reached will receive a written answer.