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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
12th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private.

2. State of the Scottish tourism industry: The Committee will discuss the current state of the Scottish tourism industry, emerging issues and the progress of Homecoming 2009.

Iain Herbert, Chief Executive, Scottish Tourism Forum;

Henk Berits, Director of Commercial Services and Marketing, National Trust for Scotland;

David Smythe, Chairman, Association of Scottish Self-Caterers;

Bob Downie, Chief Executive, The Royal Yacht Britannia;

and then from—

Councillor Tom Buchanan, Convener of the Economic Development Committee, and Kenneth Wardrop, Project Director, Destination Edinburgh Marketing Alliance, The City of Edinburgh Council;

Councillor Josie Simpson, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, Shetland Islands Council;

Alan Rankin, Chief Executive, Aviemore and the Cairngorms Destination Management Ltd;

George Harper, Strategic Director of Development Services, Argyll and Bute Council;

Calum Iain MacIver, Director of Development, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar;

and then from—

Philip Riddle, Chief Executive, and Peter Lederer, Chairman, VisitScotland;

Vicky Carlin, Deputy Director, Promotion of Scotland and Tourism Division, and Richard Arnott, Head of Tourism Team, Scottish Government;

Eddie Brogan, Head of the Scottish Enterprise Tourism Team, and Kenneth Clark, Tourism Manager, Scottish Enterprise.

3. Tourism inquiry - appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider whether to seek approval for the appointment of an adviser.

Health and Sport Committee
11th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Inquiry into child and adolescent mental health services: The Committee will take evidence from—

Carol Fisher, Healthcare Manager, NHS Ayrshire and Arran;

Jan Baird, Director of Community Care, NHS Highland;

Professor Alex McMahon, Deputy Director, Strategic Planning and Modernisation, NHS Lothian;

and then from—

Jennifer Milligan, Child Health Commissioner, NHS Dumfries and Galloway;

Julie Metcalfe, Clinical Director for CAMHS, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

2. Proposed Palliative Care Bill: The Committee will consider the proposer’s statement of reasons why a case for the proposed Bill has already been established.

Not before 11:45 am

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Health Care and Associated Professions (Miscellaneous Amendments and Practitioner Psychologists) Order 2009 from—

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Michael Adam, Solicitor, Catherine Clark, Head of Regulatory Unit, Beth Elliot, Solicitor, and Stuart Griffith, Deputy Project Manager, New Regulations Project, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: Nicola Sturgeon MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing) to move S3M-3654—

That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Health Care and Associated Professions (Miscellaneous Amendments and Practitioner Psychologists) Order 2009 be approved.

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

the Regulation of Care (Requirements as to Limited Registration Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/90).

Local Government and Communities Committee
10th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business, Stephen Sadler, Head of Elections and Local Governance Team, and Andy Sinclair, Senior Policy Officer, Referendum and Elections Division, Scottish Government.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill at future meetings should be taken in private.

3. Proposed Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the proposer’s statement of reasons why a case for the proposed Bill has already been established.

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

the Local Government Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/93);

the Representation of the People (Absent Voting at Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/94);

the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (Saving and Transitional Provisions) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/101).

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
10th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

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

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

the Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/75);

the Aquatic Animal Health (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/85).

3. Pig industry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Philip Sleigh, Chair, Pigs Working Group, National Farmers’ Union Scotland;

Gordon McKen, Managing Director, Scottish Pig Producers Ltd;

Brian McMonagle, Managing Director, Vion Halls;

and then from—

Professor Christopher Wathes, Chairman, Farm Animal Welfare Council;

Stuart Ashworth, Head of Economic Services, Quality Meat Scotland;

Gavin Dick, Rural Business Consultant, Scottish Agricultural College.

4. Pig industry: The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

5. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

6. Rural housing inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that, subject to agreement of Business Motion S3M-3843, today’s business will be as follows:

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Frank Campbell, Ale & Teviot United Church, Roxburgh

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-3843 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 1 April 2009—

delete

followed by Finance Committee Debate: Inquiry into Methods of Funding Capital Investment Projects

and insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Dunfermline Building Society

followed by Finance Committee Debate: Inquiry into Methods of Funding Capital Investment Projects

followed by Ministerial Statement: The Scottish Government’s Response to Audit Scotland’s Report on Drug/Alcohol Services

followed by Announcement of Appointment of Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner—

S3M-3832 Tricia Marwick on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body:

That the Parliament agrees, under section 1(2) of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act 2002, to appoint Stuart Allan as the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

followed by Ministerial Statement: Dunfermline Building Society

followed by Finance Committee Debate: Inquiry into Methods of Funding Capital Investment Projects—

S3M-3822 Andrew Welsh on behalf of the Finance Committee: Inquiry into Methods of Funding Capital Investment Projects—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Finance Committee’s 8th Report, 2008 (Session 3): Inquiry into methods of funding capital investment projects (SP Paper 182).

followed by Ministerial Statement: The Scottish Government’s Response to Audit Scotland’s Report on Drug/Alcohol Services

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill - UK Legislation—

S3M-3753 Fiona Hyslop: Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 4 February 2008, relating to the management of Career Development Loans and the Managing Information Across Partners programme, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or alter the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-3844 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 22 April 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2009

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: 1st Report 2009

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: 4th Report 2009

followed by Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee Debate: Inquiry into the Potential Benefits of High-speed Rail Services

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 23 April 2009

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

Education and Lifelong Learning;
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Glasgow 2014 Legacy Plan

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 29 April 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 30 April 2009

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

Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-3845 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be extended to 1 May 2009.

S3M-3846 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 1 May 2009.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-3205 Rob Gibson: Supporting Conventional Plant Breeding—That the Parliament welcomes a growing body of evidence that Scottish farmers, crofters and growers can benefit from the results of successful experiments to produce home-grown food for both animals and humans that does not rely on transgenic modification of plant material; also welcomes the recent work of the Scottish Crop Research Institute in producing highly nutritious purple-pigmented potatoes; applauds the Sárvári Research Trust based at Bangor University that confirms that blight-resistant Sárpo potatoes, which were successfully trialed in the Black Isle, are suitable for Scottish conditions; recalls that the Scottish Agricultural College has backed an international research collaboration on the Green Pig project, which plans to use home-grown legume varieties to reduce reliance on imported and expensive soya bean meal and so reduce costs for Scottish livestock producers; notes the scientific analysis of Dr John Fagan of Global ID Group, which shows that, although non-GM pig feed costs a bit more than GM feed because of feed-to-meat conversion efficiency, when using non-GM feed the actual cost per animal is lower, and therefore believes that a conventional plant breeding policy is an essential basis for the Scottish national food and drink policy, which itself dovetails with the conclusions of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development that small-scale farming and ecological methods provide the way forward to avert the current world food crisis.

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