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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
7th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4 and 5 in private.

2. Tourism inquiry - Growing pains: can we achieve a 50% growth in tourist revenue by 2015?: The Committee will take evidence on filling the gaps in the Scottish product and promoting the unique selling point of Scotland and wider issues as part of its tourism inquiry, from—

David Adams McGilp, Manager, Dalriada Projects;

John Mason-Strang, Co-owner Nae Limits and SphereMania Scotland;

Mike Dunthorne, Director, Boots ‘n’ Paddles;

Alex Stewart, Operations Director, Smart City Hostels;

Bob Downie, Chief Executive, Royal Yacht Britannia;

John Graham, Chief Executive, Historic Scotland;

And then on use of events and the use of technology communications and marketing and wider issues as part of its tourism inquiry from—

Bill Maxwell, Director, Institute of Travel and Tourism;

Sue Crossman, Project Director, Tourism Innovation Group.

3. The Scottish Parliament & Business Exchange: The Committee will discuss the Scottish Parliament & Business Exchange.

4. The Impact of the Credit Crunch on the Scottish Economy and the Scottish Housing Market: The Committee will discuss an interim SPICe briefing paper.

5. Future Work Programme: The Committee will discuss its future work programme.

Audit Committee
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 6 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Companies Act 2006 (Scottish public sector companies to be audited by the Auditor General for Scotland) Order 2008 from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth and Richard Dennis, Deputy Director of Finance, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: John Swinney MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth) to move S3M-1391—

That the Audit Committee recommends that the draft Companies Act 2006 (Scottish public sector companies to be audited by the Auditor General for Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

4. Improving the school estate: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Improving the school estate". (AGS/2008/2).

5. Sustainable waste management: The Committee will consider a further response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Sustainable waste management". (AGS/2007/7).

6. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Improving the school estate". (AGS/2008/2).

7. Section 22 Report on Western Isles Health Board (in private): The Committee will consider the "Cook Report" received from NHS Western Isles. The Committee will also consider correspondence received from Trevor Jones, Former Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Dr Kevin Woods, Chief Executive, NHS Scotland and Director General, Health, the Scottish Government. The Committee will also decide the next steps in its inquiry.

Health and Sport Committee
9th Meeting, 2008

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 5 in private

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

the Rice Products from the United States of America (Restriction on First Placing on the Market) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/87);

the Personal Injuries (NHS Charges) (Amounts) Scotland Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/96); and

the Meat Products (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/97).

3. Pathways into sport inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from Liz McColgan.

4. Scottish Government’s consultation on Glasgow 2014 - Delivering a Lasting Legacy for Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Fred Coalter, Department of Sports Studies, University of Stirling;

Forbes Dunlop, Acting Director, Achieving Excellence, Sportscotland;

Maureen Kidd, Programme Manager, Physical Activity, NHS Health Scotland.

5. Scottish Government’s consultation on Glasgow 2014 - Delivering a Lasting Legacy for Scotland: The Committee will consider the evidence taken under agenda item 4 with a view to identifying preliminary conclusions for its response to the consultation exercise.

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that, subject to Parliament’s approval of Business Motion S3M-1632 set out below, today’s Business will be as follows:

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Scott Guy, Northfield Parish Church, Aberdeen

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-1632 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 26 March 2008—

after

Wednesday 26 March 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Prison Service Report on Robert Foye

followed Ministerial Statement: Scottish Prison Service Report on Robert Foye

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Healthcare Associated Infection Taskforce—

S3M-1621 Nicola Sturgeon: Healthcare Associated Infection Taskforce—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government’s commitment to bring infection rates down by investing £54 million to support a far more intensive and targeted three-year programme of healthcare associated infection (HAI) work from 1 April 2008; believes that the Scottish Government is right to introduce a one-year pilot MRSA screening programme to shape a planned, structured and deliverable national screening programme from 2009-10; welcomes the links that will be established between the Patient Safety and Patient Experience programmes and the HAI agenda to bring about a coherency of approach in the way that NHSScotland delivers its service to patients; welcomes the Scottish Government’s continuation of the multi-agency HAI Task Force, and agrees with the challenging target that the Scottish Government has set for all staff of NHS boards to achieve at least 90% hand hygiene compliance by November 2008.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S3M-1621.1 Margaret Curran: Healthcare Associated Infection Taskforce—As an amendment to motion (S3M-1621) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, insert at end "commends the progress made by the previous Labour-led government in establishing the HAI Task Force and ensuring that Scotland was a model for tackling healthcare associated infections and should continue to be so; asks the Scottish Government to commit to tackling all healthcare associated infections, not just MRSA; notes the importance of combating infections in care homes, and calls for a specific plan of action to do so."

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-1633 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 16 April 2008

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scotland Week

followed by Justice Committee Debate: 4th Report 2008 - Report on Inquiry into the Effective Use of Police Resources

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 17 April 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party 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 1 Debate: Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 23 April 2008

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 24 April 2008

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

Europe, External Affairs and Culture;
Education and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-1634 Bruce Crawford: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Creative Scotland Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 20 June 2008.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-1635 Bruce Crawford: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

S3M-1636 Bruce Crawford: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

S3M-1637 Bruce Crawford: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Protected Trust Deeds (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-1452 Jeremy Purvis: Choices for People Coming to the End of Terminal Illness—That the Parliament recognises and commends the committed work of all health professionals and carers who support patients with terminal illness; welcomes the advances in the palliative care movement over recent years that have benefited patients who are coming towards the end of terminal illness*, specifically in the Borders*; further welcomes national campaigns to allow patients to be aware of choices that they can make about their treatment and facilitate more patients to make the choice of dying at home, but believes, however, that there remain patients who wish to have greater control of their treatment and that it is right to debate allowing greater legal support for the choices that some patients may make to ask for assistance to die as they come towards the end of their terminal illnesses.

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