ICT provision: The Sub-Committee will take evidence from—
Deputy Chief Constable Neil Richardson, Designated Deputy for Chief
Constable, Chief Superintendent Alec Hippman, Programme Manager, i6,
and Martin Leven, Director, ICT, Police Scotland.
Parliamentary Bureau Motions
Scottish Government Debate: Maximising the Opportunities for Scotland from District Heating and Decarbonising the Heat System
followed by Business Motions
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by Decision Time
1. Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update
on progress with the procurement process and construction of the Aberdeen Western
Peripheral Route. (S4O-02977)
2. Malcolm Chisholm: To ask the Scottish Government what support it can give to
the campaign for a Leith museum. (S4O-02978)
3. Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the inquiry
by the UK Parliament’s Public Administration Select Committee on the impartiality of
civil servants in relation to the independence referendum. (S4O-02979)
4. Christian Allard: To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to meet
elected representatives from France and, if so, when. (S4O-02980)
5. Jamie McGrigor: To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to
prevent further closures of the A83 because of landslips. (S4O-02981)
6. Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Government when the Cabinet Secretary for
Health and Wellbeing last met the Chief Executive of NHS Greater Glasgow and
Clyde and what was discussed. (S4O-02982)
7. Jackie Baillie
8. Rob Gibson: To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making on
reducing the transmission and access charges to the grid for marine and islands
renewable energy. (S4O-02984)
9. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the findings of
its review of the guidance on the administration of the Educational Maintenance
10. Graeme Dey: To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with
the UK Government on defence in an independent Scotland. (S4O-02986)
1. Johann Lamont: To ask the First Minister what engagements he has planned for
the rest of the day. (S4F-01927)
2. Ruth Davidson: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of
State for Scotland. (S4F-01924)
3. Willie Rennie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next
meeting of the Cabinet. (S4F-01925)5
4. Linda Fabiani: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government is doing to
encourage more women to start their own businesses. (S4F-01940)
5. Neil Findlay: To ask the First Minister when the waiting time standard of 98% of
patients being seen and admitted, transferred or discharged from accident and
emergency departments within four hours was last met across the whole country.
6. Liz Smith: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on
the calls from Transform Scotland to upgrade the rail network. (S4F-01928)
Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee. Agenda:
1. Fathers and parenting: The Committee will take evidence from—
1. Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the latest issue of the Brussels
2. Greek Ambassador to the UK: The Committee will take evidence from—
HE Mr Konstantinos Bikas, Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to the
1. Draft Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill from—
Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning, Alasdair McKinlay, Head of Community Planning and Community Empowerment Unit, and Jean Waddie, Bill Manager, Community Planning and Empowerment, Scottish Government.
2. Auditor General for Scotland (AGS) and Accounts Commission for Scotland (AC) work programme brief: The Committee will discuss with the AGS and AC their future work programme—
Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland, Audit Scotland;
Douglas Sinclair, Chair, Accounts Commission for Scotland;
Fraser McKinlay, Controller of Audit and Director, Performance Audit and Best Value, Audit Scotland.
3. Draft Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—
Jonathan Findlay, Councillor, Glasgow City Council;
Anna Whelan, Strategy Manager, Orkney Islands Council;
Ritchie Johnson, Director of Housing and Social Work, Aberdeenshire Council;
Pamela Roccio, Community Engagement Co-ordinator, Edinburgh Partnership;
Linda Johnston, Corporate Service Improvement Manager, North Lanarkshire Council.
4. Draft Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received.
5. Draft Third National Planning Framework (NPF3) and Review of Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Draft Third National Planning Framework (NPF3) and Review of the Scottish Planning Policy (SPP).
1. The Scottish Government’s implementation of the Common Agricultural
Policy and Scotland Rural Development Programme 2014-20: The
Committee will take evidence from—
Andrew Midgley, Head of Policy, Scottish Land and Estates Ltd;
Peter Cook, independent adviser;
Professor Bill Slee, Researcher, Social, Economic and Geographical
Sciences, The James Hutton Institute;
Davy McCracken, Professor in Upland Land Use Systems and Head of Hill
and Mountain Research Centre, Scotland’s Rural College;
Pete Ritchie, Executive Director, Nourish Scotland;
James Graham, Chief Executive, Scottish Agricultural Organisation
Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive, Confor;
Vicki Swales, Scottish Environment Link;
Andy Tharme, Project Manager, Scottish Borders Land Use Strategy pilot,
Scottish Borders Council.
2. Draft Third National Planning Framework (NPF3) (in private): The
Committee will consider a draft report.
Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether
to take item 4 in private and whether to take consideration of its future work
programme, in private, at its meeting on 8 May 2013.
2. Ofgem - Pricing review: The Committee will take evidence from—
Andrew Wright, Senior Partner (Markets), Ofgem.
3. UK Energy Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (in private): The Committee will
consider a draft report.
4. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the
parliamentary year from 11 May 2012 to 10 May 2013.
Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to
take items 3, 4, 5 and 6 in private.
2. Scotland Act 2012: The Committee will take evidence from—
John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and
Sustainable Growth, and Alistair Brown, Deputy Director, Fiscal
Responsibility Division, Scottish Government.
3. Appointment of a budget adviser: The Committee will further consider its
4. Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will
consider its approach to the Bill at Stage 2.
5. Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach
to the Financial Memorandum.
6. Proposed Contingent Liability: The Committee will consider its approach to a
proposed Contingent Liability.
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