Section A: Today's Business

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified.

Finance Committee
8th Meeting, 2016

The Committee will meet at 9.00 am in the David Livingstone Room (CR6)

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

2. Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

3. Scotland’s Fiscal Framework: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy, Scottish Government.

4. Scotland’s Fiscal Framework: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 3.

5. Proposed Contingent Liability: The Committee will consider its approach to a proposed contingent liability.

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee
8th Meeting, 2016

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the Adam Smith Room (CR5)

1. Housing Update: The Committee will take evidence from—

Margaret Burgess, Minister for Housing and Welfare, Caroline Dicks, Investment Manager, Investment Policy, Planning, and South Programmes, and Marion Gibbs, Team Leader, Housing Support and Homelessness, Scottish Government.

2. Forth Replacement Crossing - Project Team Update: The Committee will take evidence from—

David Climie, Project Director, and Lawrence Shackman, Project Manager, Forth Replacement Crossing Team, Transport Scotland.

3. Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the closure of the Forth Road Bridge (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee
7th Meeting, 2016

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the Mary Fairfax Somerville Room (CR2)

1. Legacy process: The Committee will take evidence from:

Clare Slipper, Parliamentary Officer, NFU Scotland;

Sarah-Jane Laing, Director of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs, Scottish Land and Estates;

Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation;

Alan Laidlaw, Head of Property - Scotland Portfolio, The Crown Estate;

Calum Duncan, Convenor, Scottish Environment LINK Marine Group;

Patrick Krause, Chief Executive, Scottish Crofting Federation;

Ian Cooke, Director, Development Trusts Association Scotland;

Dr Sarah Skerratt, Head of Land Economy, Environment and Society Research Group, and Director of Rural Policy Centre, Scotland’s Rural College;

Jonathan Hughes, Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust;

Pete Ritchie, Executive Director, Nourish Scotland;

and then from—

Sam Gardner, Head of Policy, WWF Scotland;

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland;

Colin Campbell, Director of Science and Interim CEO, James Hutton Institute;

Tom Ballantine, Chair, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland;

Andy Kerr, Executive Director, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation;

Willie McGhee, Forest Policy Group;

Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive, Confor.

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

Seed (Fees) (Scotland)Regulations 2016 (SSI 2016/69);

Seed (Licensing and Enforcement etc.)(Scotland) Regulations 2016 (SSI 2016/68);

Plant Health (Scotland) AmendmentOrder 2016 (SSI 2016/83);

Wester Ross Marine Conservation Order 2016 (SSI2016/88);

Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Marine Conservation Order 2016 (SSI2016/90).

Local Government and Regeneration Committee
8th Meeting, 2016

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Robert Burns Room (CR1)

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private at this and future meetings.

2. Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Bill Thomson, Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland;

Brenda McKinney, Investigations Manager, Office of the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

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

The Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016 (SSI 2016/70);

The Building (Energy Performance of Buildings) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016 (SSI 2016/71);

The DisabledPersons (Badges for Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations (SSI 2016/72);

The Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016 (SSI 2016/74); and

The Charities Accounts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016 (SSI 2016/76)

4. Legacy paper: The Committee will consider a draft legacy paper.

5. Inquiry into arm’s length external organisations (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
7th Meeting, 2016

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4)

1. Annual report (in private): The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the parliamentary year from 11 May 2015 to 23 March 2016.

2. Legacy paper (in private): The Committee will consider a draft legacy paper.

Not before 12.00 pm

3. Enterprise Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S4) 40.2 from—

Annabelle Ewing, Minister for Youth & Women’s Employment, Sarah Hart, Team Leader, Apprenticeships and Employer Incentives, and Ailsa Heine, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions

Health, Wellbeing and Sport

1. Lewis Macdonald: To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in filling consultant vacancies at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in the last 12 months. (S4O-05595)

2. Richard Simpson: To ask the Scottish Government what average number and percentage of hospital beds was unavailable to new patients in 2015, and how this compared with the average number of bed-occupied days because of delayed discharges. (S4O-05596)

3. Mark McDonald: To ask the Scottish Government what training is available for health professionals to provide healthcare to people on the autistic spectrum. (S4O-05597)

4. Lesley Brennan: To ask the Scottish Government when ministers last met representatives of the Dundee Integration Joint Board. (S4O-05598)

5. James Dornan: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to alleviate pressure on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. (S4O-05599)

6. John Scott: To ask the Scottish Government what measures it is taking to reduce waiting times in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. (S4O-05600)

7. Gil Paterson: To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to community health services in the Clydebank and Milngavie constituency. (S4O-05601)

8. Alison McInnes: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the recent child and adolescent mental health waiting time statistics showing that around half of patients in NHS Grampian waited over 18 weeks before being seen. (S4O-05602)

9. Jayne Baxter: To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that frontline patient and carer support from alternative care providers can be maintained, in light of the reduction in local authority budgets. (S4O-05603)

10. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether there is a satisfactory level of support for older people in north Angus with dementia. (S4O-05604)

11. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Government when it last met NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and what matters were discussed. (S4O-05605)

12. Christian Allard: To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making in tackling delayed discharge in the NHS Grampian area. (S4O-05606)

13. Gordon MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Government how it seeks to identify and acknowledge outstanding practice and contribution in the NHS. (S4O-05607)

14. Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Government whether the new East Lothian Community Hospital will be fully operational by 2019 and provide at least all of the services that are currently delivered at Roodlands General Hospital. (S4O-05608)

15. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Government what progress NHS boards have made in recruiting extra specialist nurses and whether the resources allocated for that purpose have been fully spent. (S4O-05609)

16. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Government what progress there has been on the review of neonatal and maternity services. (S4O-05610)

17. Graeme Pearson: To ask the Scottish Government what the impact will be of offering additional training places for GPs in light of reports that 20% of such places were unfilled in August 2015. (S4O-05611)

18. Bob Doris: To ask the Scottish Government how it will measure any improvements in the provision of palliative care in relation to its new Strategic Framework for Action on Palliative and End of Life Care. (S4O-05612)

19. Claire Baker: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with NHS Fife regarding the continuation of the Marie Curie Hospice at Home service. (S4O-05613)

20. Kevin Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making with the Aberdeen women’s hospital and cancer care unit projects. (S4O-05614)

followed by Scottish Labour Party Debate: Health

S4M-15766 Jenny Marra: Health—That the Parliament acknowledges the commitment and dedication of Scotland’s NHS staff, care sector workers, GPs and other health professionals; believes that people and communities deserve fully-resourced services in their areas; is deeply concerned by reported plans for the potential closures of wards and hospitals in various communities across Scotland, and calls on all parties to ensure the continuation of current services such as the Royal Alexandra Hospital children’s ward, the emergency care services at the Vale of Leven Hospital, Lightburn Hospital in Glasgow and the children’s ward at St John’s Hospital in Livingston.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S4M-15766.1 Shona Robison: Health—As an amendment to motion S4M-15766 in the name of Jenny Marra (Health), leave out from “is deeply concerned” to end and insert “recognises that NHS staffing and funding are at record high levels; supports the frontline NHS resource budget increasing in at least real terms in the next parliamentary session; welcomes the Scottish Government’s record of protecting local services, including saving A&E departments in Monklands and Ayr; endorses the recently published A National Clinical Strategy for Scotland with its aim to provide more care where people need it, with as much care as possible delivered locally, and is committed to maintaining and improving safe and effective local services across Scotland, including in the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Vale of Leven Hospital, Lightburn Hospital and St John’s Hospital.”

followed by Business Motions

S4M-15773 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Tuesday 8 March 2016

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Topical Questions (if selected)

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Armed Forces Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 9 March 2016

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions

Culture, Europe and External Affairs;
Infrastructure, Investment and Cities

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 10 March 2016

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions

12.30 pm Members’ Business

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Lobbying (Scotland) Bill

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Fiscal Commission Bill

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

Tuesday 15 March 2016

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Topical Questions (if selected)

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 16 March 2016

9.00 am Stage 3 Proceedings: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Portfolio Questions

Education and Lifelong Learning

followed by Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 17 March 2016

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions

12.30 pm Members’ Business

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.00 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S4M-15774 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Air Quality (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016 [draft] be approved.

S4M-15775 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 [draft] be approved.

S4M-15776 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 (Independent Clinic) Amendment Order 2016 [draft] be approved.

S4M-15777 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Pharmacy (Premises Standards, Information Obligations etc.) Order 2016 [draft] be approved.

S4M-15778 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Procurement (Scotland) Regulations 2016 [draft] be approved.

S4M-15779 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2016 [draft] be approved.

S4M-15780 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Reservoirs (Enforcement etc.) (Scotland) Order 2016 [draft] be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S4M-15422 Fiona McLeod: Fairtrade Fortnight 2016—That the Parliament notes that Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 will have the theme, Sit down for breakfast, stand up for farmers!; understands that it will run from 29 February to 13 March and will be celebrated across Scotland, including in the Fairtrade-status local authority of East Dunbartonshire and its Fairtrade towns such as Lenzie, Bearsden and Milngavie; believes that the fortnight will bring together shops, cafés and delicatessens in these communities with farmers and producers in similar-sized towns across the world who are being paid a fair price for their foodstuffs thanks to the work of the activists from the Fairtrade network; supports the continuing status of Scotland as a Fairtrade nation and the underpinning and celebration of the country’s achievements; believes that these inspire innovative and groundbreaking new ways to make trade fairer for farmers, and notes the view that public bodies and private businesses should be encouraged to procure fairly-traded products.

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