Section A: Today's Business

Meetings of Committees

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

European and External Relations Committee
16th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 9.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. European Structural Funds: The Committee will take evidence by video conference from—

Agnes Lindemans, Head of Unit, Regional Operations in Ireland and the United Kingdom;

Ieva Zalite, Programme Manager, Regional Operations in Ireland and the United Kingdom; and;

Dimtcho Tourdanov, Programme Manager, Scotland ESF Operational Programmes, European Commission.

2. The Scottish Parliament’s EU Strategy: The Committee will consider its approach to the coordination of the Scottish Parliament’s European Union Strategy in 2014

3. Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the latest issue of the Brussels Bulletin.

Not before 10.30 am

4. Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the UK: The Committee will take evidence from—

Asta Skaisgiryté LiauškienÄ—, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania;

Sigitas Mitkus, Minister Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission; and;

Andrius Nikitinas, Commercial Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Kingdom.

Burrell Collection (Lending and Borrowing) (Scotland) Bill Committee
4th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Burrell Collection (Lending and Borrowing) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Preliminary Stage report.

Equal Opportunities Committee
25th Meeting, 2013

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 consideration of its draft report on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 in private at item 3 and at future meetings.

2. Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Simon Stockwell, Family and Property Law, Julia McCombie, Family and Property Law, and Francesca Morton, Solicitor, Scottish Government.

3. Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to a draft Stage 1 report.

Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee
21st Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: Lewis Macdonald and Drew Smith will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a new Deputy Convener.

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

Justice Sub-Committee on Policing
11th Meeting, 2013

The Sub-Committee will meet at 1.15 pm in Committee Room 6

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

2. Complaints and investigations: The Sub-Committee will take evidence from—

Professor John McNeill, Commissioner, John Mitchell, Director of Investigations, and Robin Johnston, Director of Reviews, Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.

3. Work programme: The Sub-Committee will consider its work programme.

Meeting of the Parliament

11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11.40 am General Questions

1. Willie Coffey: To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to improve rail services to Edinburgh from areas to the west and south-west of Glasgow. (S4O-02462)

2. Patricia Ferguson: [Not Lodged]

3. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Government what priority it attaches to community policing. (S4O-02464)

4. James Dornan: To ask the Scottish Government what impact the additional seven day wait for new claimants of job seekers allowance will have on its welfare reform mitigation measures. (S4O-02465)

5. Christian Allard: To ask the Scottish Government when it last met the managing director of Opito to discuss the energy sector. (S4O-02466)

6. Iain Gray: To ask the Scottish Government what its plans are for the regulation of energy markets should Scotland become independent. (S4O-02467)

7. John Finnie: To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to expand community ownership of Scotland’s natural assets. (S4O-02468)

8. Alex Fergusson: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken to ensure that draff remains available to the agriculture industry as a source of protein. (S4O-02469)

9. Elaine Murray: To ask the Scottish Government how many jobs will be lost in Dumfries and Galloway if the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service transfers its call handling facility to Johnstone. (S4O-02470)

10. Colin Beattie: To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it can provide to low-income commuters who will depend on the Borders railway line. (S4O-02471)

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-01594)

2. Ruth Davidson: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister. (S4F-01592)

3. Willie Rennie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Cabinet. (S4F-01603)

4. Graeme Dey: To ask the First Minister whether he will provide an update on the national flu campaign. (S4F-01607)

5. Jackie Baillie: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on the decision taken at the COSLA leaders meeting to back the petition from the No2Bedroom Tax campaign calling for £50 million to mitigate the impact of the so-called bedroom tax. (S4F-01596)

6. Linda Fabiani: To ask the First Minister what progress the Expert Working Group on Welfare and Constitutional Reform is making. (S4F-01606)

12.30 pm Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S4M-07602 Jackie Baillie: Challenge Poverty Week—That the Parliament welcomes Challenge Poverty Week, which is being organised by the Poverty Alliance and is to be held between 13 and 19 October 2013; notes that this will be the first ever Challenge Poverty Week; recognises that the week will coincide with the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which takes place each year on 17 October; understands that this day provides a chance to bring together a wide range of groups and individuals to highlight what is being done to tackle poverty in Scotland and to build momentum for greater action; commends the Poverty Alliance for its efforts in organising Challenge Poverty Week, and would welcome widespread involvement in the many local and national events taking place.

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.30 pm Scottish Government Debate: Common Agricultural Policy

S4M-07892 Richard Lochhead: Common Agricultural Policy—That the Parliament notes the importance of the EU common agricultural policy (CAP) for underpinning productive agriculture, delivering environmental and other public benefits and supporting rural development; notes that the EU reached an agreement on a new CAP and welcomes the Scottish Government’s success in negotiating provisions that meet Scotland’s needs on new entrants, active farming and increased flexibilities; looks forward to the Scottish Government’s future public consultations on implementing the new CAP in Scotland; notes that, as a member state, Scotland would have qualified for increased Pillar 1 payments worth €1 billion extra up to 2020 and been able to negotiate improved Pillar 2 rural funding; deplores the budget deal negotiated by the UK Government, which failed to address Scotland’s unacceptably low CAP funding, and calls on the UK Government to deliver a fair deal for Scotland through the UK’s allocation of CAP funds, including the full external convergence uplift to Scotland.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S4M-07892.3 Claire Baker: Common Agricultural Policy—As an amendment to motion S4M-07892 in the name of Richard Lochhead (Common Agricultural Policy), leave out from “and welcomes” to end and insert “and believes that the focus must now shift to implementing the latest CAP agreement to best meet the needs of farmers across Scotland, including new entrants, reward active farming and support rural businesses and communities, as well as protect and enhance Scotland’s environment; recognises the tight timescale for introduction and calls on the Scottish Government to provide clarity on the transition from historic to area payments, the level of modulation from Pillar 1 to Pillar 2 and the future Scottish Rural Development Programme as soon as possible, and calls on both the Scottish Government and the UK Government to ensure that a mature dialogue is maintained in the implementation of the current agreement in order to deliver a fair outcome throughout the UK.”

S4M-07892.2 Alex Fergusson: Common Agricultural Policy—As an amendment to motion S4M-07892 in the name of Richard Lochhead (Common Agricultural Policy), leave out from “and welcomes” to end and insert “, which was welcomed by the Scottish Government as a good deal for Scotland; welcomes the Scottish Government’s success, alongside the UK Government, in negotiating provisions that meet Scotland’s needs on new entrants, active farming and increased flexibilities; looks forward to the Scottish Government’s future public consultations on implementing the new CAP in Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government to negotiate responsibly with the UK Government to ensure the best possible outcome for rural Scotland and to inform Scotland’s farmers and other rural stakeholders without undue delay how these reforms will be implemented across the country.”

S4M-07892.1 Tavish Scott: Common Agricultural Policy—As an amendment to motion S4M-07892 in the name of Richard Lochhead (Common Agricultural Policy), leave out from third “notes” to end and insert “encourages the Scottish Government to include all options for assisting agricultural industry sectors and geographic areas in the consultation on the new CAP; notes that the Scottish Government must decide the balance of budget between Pillars 1 and 2 by 31 December 2013, and asks that this vital decision be subject to consultation with the agriculture industry and stakeholders and that, in implementing the new CAP, the Scottish Government ensure a fairer, proportionate land mapping penalty regime compared with the unfair, disproportionate system that currently penalises Scottish farmers and crofters.”

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

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