Section A: Today's Business

Meetings of Committees

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

Health and Sport Committee
4th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 2

1. Health inequalities: The Committee will take evidence, in round-table format, from—

Professor Carol Tannahill, Director, Glasgow Centre for Population Health;

Graham Watt, Professor of General Practice, and Sally McIntyre, Director of Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow;

Dave Liddell, Board Member, Poverty Alliance;

Erica Wimbush, Head of Evaluation, and Dr Gerry McCartney, Head of Public Health Observatory, NHS Health Scotland.

2. Public petitions: PE1384 The Committee will consider a Petition by Kim Hartley on behalf of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to demonstrate how its policies and guidelines ensure local authorities and NHS boards protect provision of quality speech and language therapy services for all people with speech/language communication support needs and/or swallowing difficulties.

3. Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: The Committee will consider evidence heard from Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Scottish Public Services Ombudsman at its meeting on 15 January 2013.

Education and Culture Committee
4th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Mandy Exley, Principal, Edinburgh College;

Paul Sherrington, Principal, Banff and Buchan College;

Carol Turnbull, Principal, Dumfries and Galloway College;

Susan Walsh, Principal and Chief Executive, Cardonald College;

and then from—

Chris Greenshields, Chair, UNISON Scotland’s Further Education Committee;

Penny Brodie, Executive Director, Lead Scotland;

Garry Clark, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Justice Committee
4th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of its approach to the forthcoming Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill should be taken in private at future meetings.

2. Inquiry into purposeful activity in prisons: The Committee will take evidence from—

Neil Powrie, Convener, Association of Visiting Committees for Scottish Penal Establishments;

Brigadier Hugh Monro, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland;

Pete White, Co-ordinator, Positive Prisons? Positive Futures;

Dr Kimmett Edgar, Head of Research, Prison Reform Trust;

and then from—

Alan Staff, Chief Executive, Apex Scotland;

Katharine Brash, Assistant Head of School, Offender Learning and Skills, Carnegie College;

Andy Martin, Chief Executive, Martin Plant Hire;

Kirsten Sams, Manager, Offender Learning and Skills, Motherwell College.

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

the Scottish Administration (Offices) Order 2012 (SI 2012/3073);

the Restriction of Liberty Order etc. (Scotland) Regulations 2013 (SSI 2013/6).

Public Petitions Committee
3rd Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will consider—

PE1463 by Sandra Whyte, Marian Dyer and Lorraine Cleaver on effective thyroid and adrenal testing, diagnosis and treatment

and take evidence from—

Sandra Whyte;

Lorraine Cleaver.

3. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will consider—

PE1285 by Caroline Mockford on free calls to NHS 24 for mobile phones;

PE1395 by Jan Culik on targeted funding for lesser taught languages and cultures at universities;

PE1400 by Libby Anderson, on behalf of OneKind, on a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses;

PE1432 by Joseph Duncalf and Anthony Duncalf on improving emergency ambulance provision in remote and rural areas;

PE1443 by Maureen Sharkey, on behalf of Scottish Care and Information on Miscarriage, on investigating the cause of miscarriage;

PE1446 by Dr Liza Morton, on behalf of Scottish adult congenital heart patients, on Scottish standards for the care of adult congenital heart patients;

PE1455 by James Macfarlane on public access to court records.

4. Tackling child sexual exploitation in Scotland: The Committee will consider a note by the clerk and a paper by the adviser.

Welfare Reform Committee
3rd Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Your Say: The Committee will take evidence from—

Marlene Hepburn;

Lesley McMurchie;

Ian Megahy.

3. Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Act 2012 Regulations: The Committee will consider its approach to consideration of Regulations arising from the Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Act 2012.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
5th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Draft instruments not subject to any parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Public Services Reform (Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland etc.) Order 2013 [draft] (SG 2013/4).

2. Instruments subject to affirmative procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Transfer of Children to Scotland – Effect of Orders made in England and Wales or Northern Ireland) Regulations 2013 [draft];

Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (Requirements for Care Services) Amendment Regulations 2013 [draft].

3. Instruments subject to negative procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (Assistance to Registered Social Landlords and Other Persons) (Grants) Amendment Regulations 2013 (SSI 2013/7);

Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2013 (SSI 2013/12);

Looked After Children (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2013 (SSI 2013/14).

4. Instruments not subject to any parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (Scotland) Amendment Order 2013 (SSI 2013/21).

5. High Hedges (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the response of Mark McDonald MSP to its Stage 1 report.

6. Public Body Consent Memorandum: The Committee will consider the following draft order under section 9 of the UK Public Bodies Act 2011—

Abolition of Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council Order [2013].

Meeting of the Parliament

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Reverend Graeme Atkinson, Minister, Sandyhills Parish Church, Glasgow.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Topical Questions

1. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making in delivering infrastructure projects. (S4T-00236)

2. Roderick Campbell: To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had regarding the location of the headquarters of the Police Service of Scotland. (S4T-00237)

followed by Stage 1 Debate: High Hedges (Scotland) Bill

S4M-05535 Mark McDonald: High Hedges (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the High Hedges (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Promoting and Protecting Human Rights - Scotland, Europe and the Wider World

S4M-05556 Roseanna Cunningham: Promoting and Protecting Human Rights – Scotland, Europe and the Wider World—That the Parliament reaffirms the importance in a modern, democratic Scotland of the values proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; acknowledges and asserts the inalienable rights enumerated in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and enshrined in international treaty; dedicates itself once more to the vision of an inclusive Scotland that respects, protects and realises the human rights of all; commends the work of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, Scotland’s independent national human rights institution; looks forward to the development of Scotland’s first national action plan for human rights over the course of 2013, and embraces the opportunities presented by Scotland’s engagement in the wider world to promote respect for the universal and indivisible rights of all of humanity.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S4M-05556.2 Jenny Marra: Promoting and Protecting Human Rights – Scotland, Europe and the Wider World—As an amendment to motion S4M-05556 in the name of Roseanna Cunningham (Promoting and Protecting Human Rights – Scotland, Europe and the Wider World), insert at end “, and believes that tackling human trafficking should be an essential part of the national action plan for human rights, including a clear commitment to review the current law to ensure that the crime of human trafficking is defined as clearly and comprehensively as possible.”

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Motion: Reappointment of the Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission

S4M-05541 David Stewart on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: Reappointment of the Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission—That the Parliament nominates Professor Alan Miller to Her Majesty The Queen for reappointment for a second term as the Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission from 3 March 2013 until 2 March 2016.

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Motion: Appointment of a new member to the Standards Commission for Scotland

S4M-05537 Mary Scanlon on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: Appointment of Member of the Standards Commission for Scotland—That the Parliament agrees, under section 8 of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000, to appoint Lindsey Gallanders as a member of the Standards Commission for Scotland.

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S4M-05219 Dave Thompson: Prohibit Cold Calling for Property Maintenance and Repairs—That the Parliament welcomes the campaign by the Scottish branch of the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) that seeks to introduce legislation to prohibit cold calling for the purposes of property maintenance and repairs on the grounds of community safety; notes that TSI Scotland has stated that the practice is “one of the most disturbing and socially significant issues” faced by trading standards officers; condemns rogue cold calling, which, it believes, often targets vulnerable citizens in the Highlands and Islands and across the country; notes that such activity can be part of serious and organised crime networks; welcomes the backing for this campaign from Citizens Advice Scotland, Neighbourhood Watch, the Scottish Business Crime Centre and others, and notes calls for the Scottish Government to meet TSI Scotland to discuss its campaign.

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