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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
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 5 and 6, and any future briefings from the Budget Advisor, in private.

2. Reform of the enterprise networks and VisitScotland: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s reform of the enterprise networks and VisitScotland from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Graeme Dickson, Director of Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Wilson Malone, Head of Enterprise Networks Division, and Suzanne Henderson, Special Projects (Enterprise Networks), Scottish Government.

3. Skills for Scotland: A Lifelong Skills Strategy: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Skills Strategy from—

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Rosemary Winter-Scott, Head of Employability and Skills Division, and Laura Barjonas, Programme Director of the Skills Body Project, Scottish Government.

4. Proposed Scottish register of tartans bill: The Committee will consider the proposer’s statement of reasons why a case for the proposed bill has already been established.

5. Inquiry into tourism: The Committee will consider the job description for its proposed adviser.

6. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will consider its approach to scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Alex Young, Bill Team Leader, Lifelong Learning Directorate, Chris McCrone, Glasgow Finance Team Leader, Finance Directorate, and Andrew Campbell, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government;

and then from—

Graham Philp, Finance and Fraud Team Leader, and Audrey Clark, Customer Services Section Leader, Student Awards Agency for Scotland; and Ralph Seymour-Jackson, Chief Executive, Student Loans Company.

2. Subordinate legislation: Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Schools and Skills to move S3M-558—

Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Schools and Skills to move S3M-559—

Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2007—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2007 be approved.

4. Scottish Broadcasting Commission: The Committee will take evidence on the new independent body set up by the Scottish Government to investigate television production and broadcasting in Scotland from—

Blair Jenkins, Chair, Scottish Broadcasting Commission.

Audit Committee
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 7 and 8 in private.

2. Section 22 Reports: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the Section 22 reports entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of the Scottish Arts Council" and "The 2006/07 Audit of the Western Isles Health Board".

3. Sustainable waste management: The Committee will consider responses from the Accountable Officer and COSLA on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Sustainable waste management". (AGS/2007/7).

4. Estate management in higher education: The Committee will consider responses from Universities Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council and the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Estate management in higher education". (AGS/2007/6).

5. Primary care out-of-hours services: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Primary care out-of-hours services". (AGS/2007/5).

6. PAC Symposium: The Committee will consider an invitation to the Convener to attend a symposium on the Parliamentary scrutiny of public spending organised by the Committee of Public Accounts.

7. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Section 22 Reports entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of the Scottish Arts Council" and "The 2006/07 Audit of the Western Isles Health Board" and to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Primary care out-of-hours services". (AGS/2007/5).

8. Dealing with offending by young people: The Committee will consider its approach to a forthcoming evidence session with the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people". (AGS/2007/4).

Local Government and Communities Committee
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

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

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/475).

3. Report of the Electoral Commission: The Committee will consider the report of the Electoral Commission on the Scottish Elections 2007.

4. Proposed Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the proposed Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Scottish Government’s Budget 2008-09: The Committee will consider its approach to scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s budget proposals for 2008-09.

2. Crown Estate: The Committee will consider, in the light of evidence taken so far, what further scrutiny to undertake of the issues raised by the Crown EstateReview Working Group report, The Crown Estate in Scotland: new opportunities for public benefits.

3. Flooding and flood management inquiry: The Committee will consider an update on the progress of the inquiry and initial witnesses to give oral evidence.

4. Ticks and tick-borne diseases: The Committee will consider whether to appoint John Scott as a Committee reporter on ticks and tick-borne diseases.

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

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/439);

the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No. 5) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/473); and

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/481).

Not before 11.00 am

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

Dr Euan Dunn, Head of Marine Policy, and Mark Ruskell, Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland; and Helen McLachlan, Marine Policy Officer, WWF Scotland;

and then from—

Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.15 pm Time for Reflection – Marian Docherty, Head Teacher, St David’s High School, Dalkeith

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time—

1. Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what its justification is for the widespread provision of bottled water throughout the Parliament. (S3O-1289)

2. Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it is satisfied with the running and effectiveness of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman’s office. (S3O-1288)

3. Shirley-Anne Somerville: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it has a domestic violence employment policy in place. (S3O-1287)

followed by Ministerial Statement: Creative Scotland and Cultural Policy

followed by Scottish Government Debate: National Food Policy for Scotland—

S3M-784 Richard Lochhead: A National Food Policy for Scotland—That the Parliament believes that Scotland should have a national food policy and would benefit greatly by having a clear, consistent and coherent approach to food covering health, environmental, social, cultural and economic factors and welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to launch a national debate and consultation on a food policy for Scotland that takes into account the views of the Parliament, industry and wider society.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-784.3 Sarah Boyack: A National Food Policy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-784) in the name of Richard Lochhead, leave out from "that takes into account" to end and insert ", building on work done by the previous administrations, and believes that policy priorities should include local procurement, affordability, sustainability and reducing Scotland’s climate footprint, taking into account the views of the Parliament, industry and wider society."

S3M-784.1 John Scott: A National Food Policy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-784) in the name of Richard Lochhead, after "factors" insert "; believes that a national policy must include more assistance for public procurement of home-grown Scottish food to be achieved by improved co-operation between Scotland’s local food producers and government,". R

S3M-784.2 Mike Rumbles: A National Food Policy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S3M-784) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "believes that educating children about where their food comes from must be central to any national food policy; resolves that early action is required to amend public procurement policy to ensure greater use of freshly produced healthy food in the public sector, including in our schools, hospitals and other public bodies; calls on the Scottish Government to assist in the development of farmers’ co-operatives and farmers’ markets, and further calls on the Scottish Government to work with retailers to encourage more use of local Scottish produce in stores."

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-789 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 November 2007

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Strategic Spending Review

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Strategic Spending Review

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 November 2007

9.15 am Scottish Government Debate: Competition, Regulation and Business Structures in the Scottish Legal Services Market

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 21 November 2007

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 22 November 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am Genreral Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-655 Stuart McMillan: House of Lords Ruling on Pleural Plaques—That the Parliament expresses its concern over the House of Lords ruling against compensation claims for the people suffering from the pleural plaques condition which is a scarring of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos; notes that this rejection now closes the door to further compensation claims, despite the High Court ruling in February 2005 that anyone suffering from pleural plaques should receive compensation; recognises the work of Clydeside Action on Asbestos for the campaigning work it has undertaken, and notes that a draft bill seeking a Scottish solution will be sent to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

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