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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
26th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 9.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 2 in private.

2. Public Records (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

3. Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

4. Teacher employment: The Committee will take evidence from—

Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, and Michael Kellet, Deputy Director, Schools: People and Places Division, Scottish Government.

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Education (Lower Primary Class Sizes) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/326) from—

Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, and Michael Kellet, Deputy Director, Schools: People and Places Division, Scottish Government.

6. Subordinate legislation: Elizabeth Smith MSP to move S3M-7177—

That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Education (Lower Primary Class Sizes) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/326).

7. Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 5).

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
28th Meeting, 2010

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 item 4 in private.

2. A fundamental review of the purpose of an enterprise agency and the success of the recent reforms: The Committee will take evidence from—

Paul Sheerin, Vice President, Global Operations, Polaroid Eyewear;

Paul Nelson, Managing Director, Allied Vehicles;

Michael Levack, Chief Executive, Scottish Building Federation;

Lorraine Hubbard, Training Development Officer UK, and Martin Hottass, Energy Sector Business Partner, Siemens;

and then from—

Damien Yeates, Chief Executive, and Andrew Livingston, Director of Finance and Audit, Skills Development Scotland;

Linda McTavish, Principal of Anniesland College, Glasgow and Convenor of Scotland’s Colleges Principals’ Convention;

Laurence Howells, Senior Director of Skills, Research and Knowledge Exchange, Scottish Funding Council;

Jacqui Hepburn, Director, Sector Skills Alliance;

Martin Kirkwood, Deputy Director, Scottish Funding Council.

3. Energy Efficiency Action Plan: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

4. Protection of Workers (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a briefing paper produced by SPICe on emerging issues for its draft Stage 1 report.

5. A fundamental review of the purpose of an enterprise agency and the success of the recent reforms (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence heard during today’s meeting and its approach to the inquiry.

Public Audit Committee
17th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4, 5 and 6 in private.

2. Section 23 report - The Gathering 2009: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The Gathering 2009" from—

Norman Springford, Former Chair, Destination Edinburgh Marketing Alliance Ltd (DEMA).

3. Section 23 report - Emergency departments: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Emergency departments" from—

Dr Kevin Woods, Director General Health and Chief Executive of the NHS in Scotland, and Derek Feeley, Director of Healthcare Policy and Strategy, Scottish Government;

Dr Bill Morrison, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, NHS Tayside.

4. Consideration of evidence - The Gathering 2009: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 2.

5. Consideration of approach - The role of boards: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The role of boards".

6. Consideration of evidence - Emergency departments: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 3.

7. Section 23 report - Review of orthopaedic services (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Review of orthopaedic services".

Health and Sport Committee
30th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

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

The Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/327);

The Food Irradiation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/328); and

The Contaminants in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/329).

2. Palliative Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Dr Richard Scheffer, Board Member, Dignity in Dying;

David McNiven, Director, MS Society Scotland;

Jenny Henderson, Development Manager, Alzheimer Scotland;

Lilian Lawson, Director, Scottish Council on Deafness;

and then from—

Dr David Oxenham, Medical Director, Marie Curie Hospice Edinburgh;

Irene McKie, Hospice Director, Strathcarron Hospice;

Dr George Gray, Associate Specialist in Palliative Care, Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice;

Dr Colin Barrett, Associate Medical Director, and Jacquie Lindsay, Nurse Lecturer, St Margaret of Scotland Hospice;

and then from—

Sandra Campbell, Member, Royal College of Nursing Scotland;

Katrina McNamara-Goodger, Head of Policy and Practice, ACT (Association for Children’s Palliative Care);

Professor Scott Murray, St Columba’s Professor of Primary Palliative Care, Association of Palliative Medicine;

Dr Robert Euan Paterson, Royal College of General Practitioners.

3. Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Local Government and Communities Committee
24th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private. The Committee will also decide whether its consideration of the evidence heard and its draft reports on the Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill, Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Bill and the Draft Budget 2011-12 should be taken in private at future meetings.

2. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2011-12: The Committee will take evidence in a roundtable discussion from—

Alastair MacNish OBE;

John McLaren, Centre for Public Policy for Regions;

Fraser McKinlay, Director, Best Value and Scrutiny Improvement, Audit Scotland;

Jenny Stewart, Partner, KPMG.

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

the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2010 (SSI2010/332);

the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Scotland) Order 2007 Amendment (No. 2) Order 2010 (SSI2010/333).

4. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2011-12: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence heard to date.

5. Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

6. Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
22nd Meeting, 2010

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 4 in private.

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

the Beef and Pig Carcase Classification (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/330)

the Sea Fishing (EU Recording and Reporting Requirements) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/334).

3. Fisheries: The Committee will take evidence on fishing opportunities for the Scottish fleet in 2011 from—

Nick Bailey, Fisheries Management Advice Coordinator, Dr Paul Fernandes, Sea Fisheries Group Leader, and Coby Needle, Group Leader Fishery Systems, Marine Scotland Science, Scottish Government;

and then from—

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Scottish Government;

Nick Bailey, Fisheries Management Advice Coordinator, Marine Scotland Science, Scottish Government;

David Brew, Head of Sea Fisheries, and Allan Gibb, Head of Sea Fisheries Compliance and Licensing, Scottish Government.

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

Forth Crossing Bill Committee
12th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in TG-45 Ante Room

1. Forth Crossing Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft Stage 2 report.

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that, subject to agreement of Business motion S3M-7274, today’s business will be as follows:

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Laura Hemmati, former member of the Scottish Interfaith Youth Committee, Brussels

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S3M-7274 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 27 October 2010—

delete

followed by SPCB Question Time

followed by Ministerial Statement: Literacy Action Plan

followed by Health and Sport Committee Debate: Report on out-of-hours healthcare provision in rural areas

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and insert

followed by Debate on a Government Motion to treat the proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill as an Emergency Bill

followed by Stage 1 Debate: proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill

3.20 pm SPCB Question Time

followed by Ministerial Statement: Literacy Action Plan

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: Report on Draft Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 Proceedings: proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate: proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

(b) the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 28 October 2010—

delete

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: Report on Draft Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland

and insert

followed by Ministerial Statement: Economic and Social Impact of the Strategic Defence and Security Review

followed by Debate on a Government Motion to treat the proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill as an Emergency Bill

S3M-7266 Kenny MacAskill: Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill be treated as an Emergency Bill.

followed by Stage 1 Debate: proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill

S3M-7267 Kenny MacAskill: Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution: proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill

S3M-7275 John Swinney (North Tayside) (SNP): That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

3.20 pm SPCB Question Time

1. Margo MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it has identified a figure or a percentage of total expenditure feasible to achieve the budgetary savings it has identified as necessary. (S3O-11767)

2. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how much has been spent on consultants in the last financial year and in what specialist areas of expertise. (S3O-11769)

3. Ian McKee: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it is satisfied that all toilets in the Parliament complex are fully compliant with relevant disability discrimination legislation. (S3O-11768)

followed by Ministerial Statement: Literacy Action Plan

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: Report on Draft Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland

S3M-7212 Gil Paterson: Report on Draft Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland—That the Parliament agrees that the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 6th Report, 2010 (Session 3): Draft Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland (SP Paper 491), together with the Official Report of the Parliament’s debate on the report, should form the Parliament’s response to the consultation by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Committee of the Whole Parliament: Stage 2 Proceedings: proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate: proposed Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill

S3M-7268 Kenny MacAskill: Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Procedure (Legal Assistance, Detention and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Business Motion

S3M-7260 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 3 November 2010

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate: Housing (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 4 November 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health and Wellbeing

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Historic Environment (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 10 November 2010

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 11 November 2010

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Justice and Law Officers

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S3M-7261 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that the deadline for consideration of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be extended to 5 November 2010.

S3M-7262 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that the deadline for consideration of the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 26 November 2010.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S3M-7263 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Revised Code of Conduct for Councillors for the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 be approved.

S3M-7264 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2010 be approved.

S3M-7265 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 be approved.

6.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of-

S3M-7072 Bill Kidd: Scotland’s Nuclear Weapons-free Zones—That the Parliament believes that New Zealand has set a good example with the establishment of a succession of nuclear weapons-free zones; would welcome the establishment of such zones in Scotland in homes, classrooms, places of work, communities, local authorities and in the environs of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, with the aim to register Scotland as a single-state nuclear weapons-free zone with the United Nations, and would further welcome the development of a protocol for Scotland requesting that the nuclear weapons states honour such a zone by not deploying nuclear weapons on Scottish territory and by guaranteeing not to threaten or use nuclear weapons against Scotland.

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