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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.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
1st Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private. The Committee will also decide whether to take future reviews of evidence on the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill and consideration of the draft report in private.

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

the Zoonoses and Animal By-Products (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/378);

the Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/394); and

the Eggs and Chicks (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/395).

3. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a paper on possible witnesses for future meetings.

4. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

 

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Sam Torrens, Edinburgh: Barclay Church of Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: National Qualifications—

S3M-3164 Fiona Hyslop: National Qualifications—That the Parliament recognises the importance of developing the next generation of national qualifications in Scotland in line with the aims, vision and values of the Curriculum for Excellence, with its emphasis on equipping all young people to respond to the demands of the 21st century through developing their capacities as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors and acknowledges the challenges and opportunities in taking forward the findings of the national consultation exercise and the key role to be played by local authorities, schools, colleges, universities and others in ensuring that we develop a system that meets the expectations of society, in which robust and credible assessment supports good learning and teaching and all young people have the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and experience that they require to take their places in a modern society and economy.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-3164.3 Rhona Brankin: National Qualifications—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3164) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, insert at end "; is therefore concerned at the continued lack of clarity over the implementation of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) within the new examinable framework; highlights the need for parents, teachers and other stakeholders to be involved to a far greater extent in developing the CfE and for teaching staff in particular to be given the time and investment needed to develop materials for it; believes that literacy and numeracy are central to the development of the CfE; believes that it is unacceptable that fewer than half of primary 7 pupils are well established in reading; calls on the Scottish Government to establish an assessment regime for basic literacy in primary schools, linked to individual programmes for pupils who have failed to attain adequate literacy skills, with the expectation that all pupils should leave primary school functionally literate, and calls for a greater show of leadership and direction from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning."

S3M-3164.1 Elizabeth Smith: National Qualifications—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3164) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, insert at end "and, in particular, recognises the need to ensure that pupils in Scotland are properly schooled and tested in the basic skills of literacy and numeracy by the end of primary 7 and also to ensure that the qualifications structure better reflects the specific needs of all pupils, whether they wish to pursue courses that are more academically focused or more vocationally focused."

S3M-3164.2 Margaret Smith: National Qualifications—As an amendment to motion (S3M-3164) in the name of Fiona Hyslop, after "contributors" insert "; further recognises the funding, resourcing and training implications of such a move,"

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-3177 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion: That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 8 January 2009

after

Thursday 8 January 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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followed by Scottish Government Debate: Protecting Scotland’s Communities – the Scottish Government’s

                 Offender Management Plan

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 Debate: Homecoming and its Potential to Support Sustainable Economic

             Growth

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

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followed by Scottish Government Debate: Homecoming and its Potential to Support Sustainable Economic

                 Growth

followed by Scottish Government Debate: The Humanitarian Disaster in Gaza

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 Debate: Protecting Scotland’s Communities – the Scottish Government’s

             Offender Management Plan

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-3169 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 January 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 January 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Forth Crossing

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 21 January 2009

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 January 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-3170 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 13 February 2009.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-3038 Sandra White: Devastating Cuts At The Herald and Evening Times—That the Parliament condemns the announcement that all staff at The Herald and Evening Times in Glasgow will be made redundant and have to re-apply for their jobs under new terms and conditions, which it believes will inevitably leave them worse off, and further believes that this reorganisation will have a damaging effect on editorial independence among the titles and should be re-evaluated.

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