Section A: Today's Business

Meetings of Committees

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

Equal Opportunities Committee
18th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 9.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Women and work (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee
16th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
9th 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 to take item 3 in private.

2. Review of the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies: The Committee will take evidence from—

Stuart Allan, Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland;

Ian Bruce, Compliance Manager, Commission for Ethical Standards in Public Life.

3. Review of the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies: The Committee will consider the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

4. Committee substitutes (in private): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

5. Minor changes to Standing Orders (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report and draft Standing Order rule changes.

Meeting of the Parliament

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

1. Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with NHS boards regarding the future integration of digital wards. (S4O-02215)

2. Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to meet the increasing demand for software engineers suggested by recent surveys by ScotlandIS and e-Skills UK. (S4O-02216)

3. Roderick Campbell: To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made in filling the equality evidence gaps in the equality evidence strategy 2013. (S4O-02217)

4. James Kelly: To ask the Scottish Government what recent advice it has received regarding membership of the EU should Scotland separate from the UK. (S4O-02218)

5. Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Government whether the Energy Skills Scotland project will provide job opportunities for people beyond the north east. (S4O-02219)

6. Paul Martin: To ask the Scottish Government when it last met representatives of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and what matters were discussed. (S4O-02220)

7. Patricia Ferguson: To ask the Scottish Government what its priorities are for international development spending in Malawi. (S4O-02221)

8. Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Government what plans there are to install automatic electronic defibrillators in secondary schools. (S4O-02222)

9. Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Government what it considers the role of communities should be in helping local authorities agree their annual budgets. (S4O-02223)

10. Angus MacDonald: To ask the Scottish Government what powers it has over how local authorities structure their committees. (S4O-02224)

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-01437)

2. Ruth Davidson: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S4F-01434)

3. Murdo Fraser: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on how an independent Scotland would maintain research funding for universities. (S4F-01440)

4. Kenneth Gibson: To ask the First Minister what impact the UK Government’s proposed spending reductions for 2015-16 will have on the Scottish Government’s budget. (S4F-01442)

5. Jackie Baillie: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on recruitment and retention payments paid to senior management at the State Hospital. (S4F-01449)

6. Jim Eadie: To ask the First Minister what steps the Scottish Government is taking to improve treatment for people with dementia. (S4F-01439)

12.30 pm Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S4M-05957 Paul Martin: Community-based Housing Associations, Building the Community—That the Parliament commends the work of community-based housing associations and the role that they play in their communities; considers that in the Glasgow Provan constituency and throughout Scotland registered social landlords and housing providers provide high quality housing with affordable rents, while at the same time helping to build the communities in which they serve, and understands that, because of a Scottish Government reduction in funding, the development funding budget in Glasgow is to be reduced from £78.5 million in 2011-12 to £50.9 million by 2013-14, resulting in higher rents and higher borrowing costs for community-based housing associations.

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Questions

1. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what action it is taking in light of the findings of Audit Scotland’s report, Managing early departures from the Scottish public sector. (S4O-02227)

2. Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether the external security facility will be delivered on time and on budget. (S4O-02230)

3. Dennis Robertson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what steps it has taken to ensure that people with a sensory impairment can take a full and active part when visiting the Parliament or attending external events. (S4O-02226)

4. Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will consider procuring a resident cat as a humane mouse deterrent. (S4O-02228)

5. Richard Lyle: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what work is being carried out on the wooden spars on the Parliament building, at what cost and in what timescale. (S4O-02225)

6. Murdo Fraser: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what reductions in energy usage have been achieved across the campus over the last three years. (S4O-02231)

7. John Lamont: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what the average number of customers using the Queensberry House lounge is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays before 4pm. (S4O-02229)

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

S4M-06798 Paul Wheelhouse: Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

S4M-06889 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Jackson Carlaw be appointed to replace David McLetchie as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

5.00 pm Decision Time

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