This Week in the Scottish Parliament – w/b 4 June 2012

This weekly eBulletin provides an 'at a glance' guide to the week ahead in the Scottish Parliament and is issued every week, except when the Parliament is in recess.

All proceedings in the Debating Chamber, committee rooms and committee meetings outwith Edinburgh can be viewed, or listened to, live in the Parliament TV section of our website.


Points to Note

No Parliament business on Tuesday 5 June

Please note that, due to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee holiday, there will be no Scottish Parliament business on Tuesday 5 June.

Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Bill passed by the Scottish Parliament

On 31 May, MSPs unanimously agreed to pass the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has produced a briefing on the Bill's consideration prior to Stage 3.

SB12-35 Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

Education and Culture Committee calls attainment gap for looked after children “unacceptably wide”

Some of Scotland’s most vulnerable children continue to fall behind in education despite measures being put in place to support them, according to a report published on 31 May by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.

News release – Attainment gap for looked after children “unacceptably wide”

Report on educational attainment of looked after children

Committee calls for better communication on European matters

Shortcomings in the channels and nature of the dialogue between the UK and Scottish Governments on EU matters have been highlighted in a report published by the Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee.

News release – Committee calls for better communication on European matters

Report – Developments in the Eurozone and their implications for communication between the Scottish and UK Governments

New sitting patterns and reform measures set out for Parliament’s endorsement

Changes to Holyrood’s standing orders, which will see the Parliament’s Chamber sit three afternoons a week, were set out on 30 May by the Parliament’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

News release – Holyrood’s new sitting patterns and reform measures set out for Parliament’s endorsement

Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill introduced

The Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 30 May 2012.

Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

Parliament Marks Diamond Jubilee

On Wednesday 30 May an oak tree was planted at the Scottish Parliament to signify Her Majesty The Queen’s lasting connection with Scotland’s Parliament and its people.

News release – Parliament Marks Diamond Jubilee

Holyrood Round-up

Watch a short video round-up of parliamentary business during the week beginning Monday 28 May.

Holyrood Round-up – 31/5/12


This week in the Debating Chamber

Wednesday 6 June 2012

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Fuel Poverty

followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee Debate: Parliamentary Reform – Standing Orders rule changes

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – S4M-02575 Colin Keir: Royal Highland Education Trust (for text of motion see Section F of the Business Bulletin for Tuesday 10 April 2012)

 

Thursday 7 June 2012

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy

11.40 am General Question Time (for text of General Questions see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 31 May 2012)

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth (for text of Themed Questions see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 31 May 2012)

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Scottish Government’s Approach to Taxation

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Agricultural Holdings (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – S4M-02598 John Mason: The Death Penalty in India


Committee meetings

Local Government and Regeneration Committee

15th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Annual report (in private): The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the parliamentary year from 11 May 2011 to 10 May 2012.

 

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee

19th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Inquiry into the Scottish Government’s renewable energy targets: The Committee will take evidence from—

Steve Salt, Planning and Development Director, West Coast Energy;

Graham Brown, Managing Director, Burcote Wind Limited;

Jason Ormiston, Head of Public and Regulatory Affairs, Vattenfall;

Ronnie Quinn, Senior Policy Manager, Crown Estates Commission;

Gavin McCallum, Investment Director, Clyde Blowers Capital;

Jamie Glackin, Managing Director, Renewable Energy Consultants Ltd;

and then from—

Andrew Jamieson, Policy and Innovation Director, ScottishPower Renewables;

Jim Smith, Managing Director, SSE Renewables.

 

Public Audit Committee

9th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

2. The National Fraud Initiative in Scotland: The Committee will receive a briefing on the report prepared by Audit Scotland entitled “The National Fraud Initiative in Scotland” from—

Mr Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland;

Russell Frith, Assistant Auditor General, Audit Scotland.

3. Consideration of approach - The National Fraud Initiative in Scotland: The Committee will consider its approach to the report prepared by Audit Scotland entitled “The National Fraud Initiative in Scotland”.

4. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

 

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee

15th Meeting, 2012

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 items 4 and 5 and future consideration of its approach to the scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2013-14 in private.

2. Peatlands: The Committee will take evidence from—

Mandy Gloyer, Policy Manager, Scottish Power Renewables;

Jonathan Hughes, Director of Conservation, Scottish Wildlife Trust;

Simon Thorp, Director, Scotland’s Moorland Forum;

Norrie Russell, Senior Site Manager, RSPB.

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

Rural Payments (Appeals) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/143).

4. Petition PE1386: The Committee will consider its approach to a Petition by Richard Munday on behalf of the Torridon Nephrops Management Group calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review and pilot the establishment of further spatially separated static gear only inshore fisheries to improve fisheries management.

5. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2013-14: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2013-14.


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