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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
27th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11 from—

Hugh Hall, Chief Financial Officer, and Stephen Gallagher, Managing Director - Commercial and Infrastructure, Scottish Enterprise;

and then from—

Sandy Brady, Acting Chief Executive, and Forbes Duthie, Director of Finance & Corporate Services, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

and then from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, David Reid, Head of Finance Programme, Wilson Malone, Head of Enterprise Policy and Delivery, and Colin Imrie, Deputy Director Energy Markets, Scottish Government.

2. Research paper on the whisky industry: The Committee will consider a research paper on the whisky industry and any actions it wishes to take.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
28th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether item 3 at this meeting, its consideration of a work programme paper at its next meeting and its consideration of a draft report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11 at future meetings should be taken in private.

2. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11 from—

Michael Russell MSP, Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution, Nikki Brown, Deputy Director, Creative Scotland, David Seers, Team Leader, Cultural Excellence Branch, and Douglas Ansdell, Head, Gaelic Unit, Scottish Government;
Laura Petrie, Director of Finance, Historic Scotland;

and then from—

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Colin MacLean, Director of Schools, Andrew Scott, Director of Lifelong Learning, Sarah Smith, Director for Children, Young People and Social Care, and Chris McCrone, Head, Education and Lifelong Learning Finance Branch, Scottish Government.

3. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11: The Committee will consider issues arising from its scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11.

Local Government and Communities Committee
26th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 2

1. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft) from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, and Iain Morrison, Policy and Sponsorship Manager, Capital and Risk Team, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: John Swinney MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth) to move S3M-4958—

That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2009 be approved.

4. Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Adrian Stalker, Advocate, Chair, Repossessions Group;
David Forrester, McClure Naismith Solicitors, and Fiona Hoyle, Head of Consumer Finance and Anti Fraud, Finance and Leasing Association.

Not before 12.15 pm

5. Child Poverty Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3)22.1 from—

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Kay Blaikie, Principal Legal Officer, and Samantha Coope, Team Leader, Tackling Poverty Team, Scottish Government.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
25th 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 Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures and Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/317);
the Fodder Plant Seed (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/330); and
the Environmental Impact Assessment and Natural Habitats (Extraction of Minerals by Marine Dredging) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/333).

3. Fisheries Council: The Committee will take evidence on the issues to be considered at the EU Fisheries Council negotiations from—

Nick Bailey, Fisheries Management Advice Coordinator, and Dr Paul Fernandes, Sea Fisheries Group Leader, Marine Scotland Science, Scottish Government.

4. Fisheries Council: The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

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

6. Draft Budget scrutiny 2010-11 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s budget proposals 2010-11.

Health and Sport Committee
27th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 1

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

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

the Food Labelling (Nutrition Information) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/328).

3. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11 from—

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Kevin Woods, Director-General Health and Chief Executive NHS Scotland, John Matheson, Director of Health Finance, and Liz Hunter, Director of Equalities, Social Inclusion and Sport, Scottish Government.

4. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11: The Committee will consider its approach to a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Father Paul Kelly, St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Linlithgow

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Student Support

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Reshaping the Future Care of Older People

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-5064 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that "9:00" be substituted for "9:15" in Rule 2.2.3 for the purpose of allowing the meeting of the Parliament on Thursday 29 October 2009 to begin at 9.00 am.

S3M-5065 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 29 October 2009—

delete

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Marine (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Marine (Scotland) Bill

and insert

9.00 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Influenza A (H1N1)

followed by Ministerial Statement: Elder Abuse

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Marine (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Marine (Scotland) Bill

S3M-5066 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 4 November 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scotland’s National Parks

followed by Ministerial Statement: Making Skills Work for Scotland: ScotAction

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 5 November 2009

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party 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 Debate: Autumn Fisheries Negotiations

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 11 November 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 12 November 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

Justice and Law Officers;
Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-5067 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 18 December 2009.

S3M-5068 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Legal Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 26 March 2010.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-5069 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Teaching Council (Scotland) Act 1965 Modification Order 2009 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-4641 Shirley-Anne Somerville: Celebrating the Scottish-Polish Connection—That the Parliament commemorates the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Polish navy in Leith on 1 September 1939; notes that the three Polish destroyers Burza (Storm), Grom (Thunder) and Blyskawica (Lightning) saw service alongside the Royal Navy during the Second World War, with Grom being sunk with heavy loss of life on 4 May 1940; recognises that the arrival of the destroyers marked the beginning of a strong wartime Scottish-Polish connection, with several squadrons of the Polish Air Force serving in the country and Polish ships based at a number of Scottish ports, including Rosyth, Greenock, Port Glasgow, Ardrossan, Gourock, Dundee and Scapa Flow; further recognises that the main influx of Poles during the war occurred following the collapse of France in 1940 when some 30,000 Polish troops were evacuated to the United Kingdom and were stationed in Scotland, many of whom settled here; notes that a Polish house was organised in Edinburgh by the British Council to help the Polish community socially and educationally at this time; celebrates not just the wartime links but the long historical connection between Scotland and Poland, which includes upwards of 40,000 Scots migrating to Poland during the 17th century, and applauds the work of many organisations, including the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum and the Scottish Polish Cultural Association, for helping to develop awareness of the historical connections, promote cultural understanding and foster strong relations between modern generations of Scots and Poles.

Other Meetings

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for the Secretary to the Scottish Commission for Public Audit are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Scottish Commission for Public Audit
3rd Meeting, 2009

The Commission will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Commission will consider whether to take agenda item 3, and future consideration of a draft report on Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2010-11, in private. The Commission will also decide whether to consider a paper from the Secretary on extending the contract of the auditors of Audit Scotland in private at a future meeting.

2. Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2010-11: The Commission will take evidence from—

Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland, Russell Frith, Director of Audit Strategy, and Diane McGiffen, Director of Corporate Services, Audit Scotland.

3. Audit Scotland evidence: The Commission will consider the evidence heard to date to inform the preparation of its report on Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2010-11.

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