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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.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
29th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

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

the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003 (The Meaning of Disqualified from Working with Children: Corresponding Qualifications in Northern Ireland (No. 2) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/316).

2. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

3. 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.

Health and Sport Committee
28th 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, and whether to consider its draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11 in private at future meetings.

2. Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

James Maitland, Chairman of Legal & Parliamentary Committee, National Federation of Retail Newsagents in Scotland;
Danielle Rowley, MSYP, Scottish Youth Parliament;
David Roderick, Chairman, Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland;
Andrew Barker, Assistant Chief Constable (Fife), and Gordon Hunter, Inspector - Police Licensing Section (Lothian and Borders), Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
27th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Local Government Finance inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Bill Stitt, Assistant Team Leader, and David Henderson, Deputy Director, Local Government Finance Division, Scottish Government.

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

Rachel Grant, Partner, Brodies LLP, Law Society of Scotland;
Eric Leenders, Executive Director, British Bankers Association;
Maureen Leslie, Partner, MLM Insolvency LLP, Insolvency Practitioners Association;
Blair Nimmo, Joint Administrator and Head of Restructuring, KPMG, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on LCM(S3)22.1 Child Poverty Bill (UK Parliament Legislation) at a future meeting should be taken in private.

4. 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.

Public Audit Committee
16th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 6, 7 and 8 in private.

2. Section 23 report - Review of Cairngorm funicular railway: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Review of Cairngorm funicular railway".

3. Section 22 report - The 2008/09 audit of Registers of Scotland: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "The 2008/09 audit of Registers of Scotland".

4. Palliative care action plans: The Committee will receive an update from the Auditor General for Scotland on the NHS boards’ palliative care action plans.

5. Section 23 report: Improving public sector purchasing: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Improving public sector purchasing".

6. Consideration of approach - Review of Cairngorm funicular railway: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Review of Cairngorm funicular railway".

7. Consideration of approach - The 2008/09 audit of Registers of Scotland: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The 2008/09 audit of Registers of Scotland".

8. Consideration of approach - Overview of mental health services: The Committee will consider the next steps in its inquiry in the light of evidence received on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Overview of mental health services".

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
28th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private and all future items relating to its draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11 in private.

2. The way forward for Scotland’s banking, building society and financial services sector: The Committee will take evidence from—

Clive Maxwell, Senior Director, Services, and Alistair Mordaunt, Director, Mergers, Office of Fair Trading.

3. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11: The Committee will consider 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 Michael Hutson, Parish Priest, St Andrew’s, Rothesay, Isle of Bute

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scotland’s National Parks—

S3M-5110 Roseanna Cunningham: Scotland’s National Parks—That the Parliament commends the contribution that Scotland’s two national parks make to sustainable social and economic development and to delivering the Greener Scotland agenda; notes the outcome of the National Parks Strategic Review, and welcomes the proposal to set up a National Parks Strategy group to guide future strategy for Scotland’s national parks.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S3M-5110.1 Sarah Boyack: Scotland’s National Parks—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5110) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, leave out from "to guide" to end and insert "and believes that it should explore the potential for establishing new national parks, including in marine and coastal areas."

S3M-5110.2 John Scott: Scotland’s National Parks—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5110) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert at end "while also welcoming the reduction in the size of the boards of the National Park Authorities, thereby producing greater efficiencies by way of reducing running costs, and emphasising that the proposed National Parks Strategy group must have a clear timescale of operation and well defined sense of purpose in its objectives."

S3M-5110.3 Liam McArthur: Scotland’s National Parks—As an amendment to motion (S3M-5110) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert at end "; celebrates the success of the boards of the National Parks in giving a voice to local people in managing their own environment, and calls for early consideration to be given to increasing the directly elected presence on boards."

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

followed by Business Motion—

S3M-5113 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 5 November 2009—

after

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Sex Offenders

S3M-5114 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 11 November 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scotland’s Historic Environment – A Unique Resource for our Economy and our People

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 Debate: Central Scotland Green Network

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 Debate: The Future of Community Fire Safety in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 18 November 2009

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Arbitration (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 19 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

Finance and Sustainable Growth

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Schools Consultation (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-5115 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Marine (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 4 December 2009.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S3M-5116 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2009 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S3M-4882 Bill Butler: Don’t Derail GARL—That the Parliament regrets the proposal in the SNP government’s draft budget, published on 17 September 2009, to drop the Glasgow Airport Rail Link (GARL) project; considers that the proposed cut is short-sighted, given that a new airport rail link would provide Glasgow with a direct connection to three international airports and would contribute in a positive fashion to the economic development of Glasgow and west central Scotland, especially at this difficult time; believes that the rail link is an indispensable component of a modern 21st century transport infrastructure for the whole of Scotland; considers that GARL will boost public transport and reduce the number of car journeys to the airport; further considers that the promise to have GARL in place was a vital consideration in the awarding of the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow, and hopes that, in the course of the budget process, wiser counsel prevails.

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