Section A: Today's Business

Meetings of Committees

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

Equal Opportunities Committee
28th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 9.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
14th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a response from the Parliamentary Bureau on Presiding Officer and Deputy Presiding Officer elections and responses on its consultation on the review of Parliamentary reform should be taken in private at future meetings.

2. Cross-Party Group: The Committee will consider an application for recognition from the proposed Cross-Party Group on the Scottish Economy, and take evidence from—

Richard Baker, Co-Convener of the proposed Cross-Party Group on the Scottish Economy.

3. Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland: The Committee will take oral evidence, on the Commissioner’s annual report, from—

Stuart Allan, Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland;

Douglas Winchester, Investigating Officer, and Ian Bruce, Public Appointments Manager, Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

4. Cross-Party Group - approval: The Committee will decide whether to accord recognition to the proposed Cross-Party Group on the Scottish Economy.

5. Status of Groups - substitutes in Committee (in private): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

European and External Relations Committee
18th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 2 in private and all future discussion of the post of adviser in private.

2. Inquiry into the aspects of the Scottish Government’s White Paper on Independence relating to the European Union: The Committee will consider candidates for the post of adviser in connection with its forthcoming inquiry.

Meeting of the Parliament

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

1. Richard Lyle: To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the European Commission regarding the food and drink sector. (S4O-02552)

2. Rhoda Grant: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve access to public transport for people with mobility issues. (S4O-02553)

3. Jim Hume: To ask the Scottish Government what factors it takes into consideration when deciding which stretches of trunk road are appropriate for dualling. (S4O-02554)

4. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Government when it last met representatives of South Lanarkshire College and what issues were discussed. (S4O-02555)

5. James Dornan: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the 2014 year of homecoming. (S4O-02556)

6. Liam McArthur: To ask the Scottish Government what representations it has received regarding the roll-out of high-speed broadband services in Orkney. (S4O-02557)

7. Mary Fee: To ask the Scottish Government how the Help to Buy (Scotland) shared equity scheme will stimulate the house-building industry and help people become homeowners. (S4O-02558)

8. Neil Bibby: To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill does not refer to the living wage. (S4O-02559)

9. Michael McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government what it considers the adverse environmental impacts are of pyrolysis incinerators. (S4O-02560)

10. Aileen McLeod: To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to tackle the effects of larch tree disease in Dumfries and Galloway. (S4O-02561)

12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions

1. Johann Lamont: To ask the First Minister what engagements he has planned for the rest of the day. (S4F-01653)

2. Ruth Davidson: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S4F-01650)

3. Willie Rennie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S4F-01651)

4. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on Shelter Scotland’s statement that around 5,000 children will be housed in temporary accommodation over Christmas and that the law must be changed to enable families to challenge inadequate temporary accommodation. (S4F-01655)

5. Ken Macintosh: To ask the First Minister, in light of the recent report by the Educational Institute of Scotland, what action the Scottish Government is taking to address the use of zero-hours contracts in the higher education sector. (S4F-01658)

6. Murdo Fraser: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on the Student Awards Agency for Scotland’s finding that the level of grants paid to university students from the poorest backgrounds has fallen by 3%. (S4F-01654)

12.30 pm Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S4M-07731 Mike MacKenzie: The Best Buildings in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates the 12 winners of the 2013 Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) awards who make up the shortlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, which will be presented on 7 November 2013 at the Parliament; understands that there were 75 submissions for the RIAS awards, ranging from £0 to over £30 million in contract value; commends the quality, ingenuity and innovation of the projects on the shortlist for the award throughout Scotland; recognises the contribution that both Scottish and international architects make to the quality of the built environment in the Highlands and Islands and across the country and the international contribution that Scotland’s architects make, and considers that RIAS and the architectural profession stand ready to help design and build a better and more prosperous future for Scotland, ensuring a higher quality built and natural environment.

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Stage 1 Debate: Tribunals (Scotland) Bill

S4M-08145 Roseanna Cunningham: Tribunals (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Tribunals (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S4M-08225 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Committee Membership—That the Parliament agrees that—

Christian Allard be appointed to replace Colin Keir as a member of the Justice Committee;

Christian Allard be appointed to replace Mark McDonald as a member of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee;

Stewart Stevenson be appointed to replace Dave Thompson as a member of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee;

Colin Keir be appointed to replace Mark McDonald as a member of the Health and Sport Committee;

Stuart McMillan be appointed to replace Christian Allard as a member of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee; and

Mark McDonald be appointed to replace Stewart Stevenson as a member of the Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

S4M-08226 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Stewart Stevenson be appointed to replace Christian Allard as the Scottish National Party substitute on the Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

5.00 pm Decision Time

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