European and External Relations Committee
9:30am 3RD MEETING, 2016 the Robert Burns Room (CR1)
The Committee will meet at 9:30 am in the Robert Burns Room (CR1)
1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4, 5 and 6 in private.
2. The implications to Scotland of Brexit - economic matters: The Committee will take evidence from—
Graeme Roy, Director (Designate), Fraser of Allander Institute;
Colin Borland, Senior Head of External Affairs, Federation of Small Business Scotland;
Kenny Richmond, Senior Director, Economics, Scottish Enterprise;
Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC.
3. The implications to Scotland of Brexit - business and sectoral interests: The Committee will take evidence from—
Clare Slipper, Parliamentary Officer, National Farmers Union Scotland;
Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive, Scottish Fishermen's Federation;
David Frost, Chief Executive, Scotch Whisky Association;
Alastair Sim, Director, Universities Scotland;
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport Ltd;
Hugh Chater, Director of Banking, Virgin Money;
James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food and Drink.
4. Review of evidence: The Committee will review the evidence heard at this meeting and discuss any implications for its work programme.
5. Scotland's future relationship with the EU: The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the posts of adviser in connection with its forthcoming work on Scotland's relationship with the EU.
6. Scotland's future relationship with the EU: The Committee will consider a draft remit and call for evidence for its future work on Scotland's future relationship with the EU.
Proposed future business
The next meeting of the Committee will be announced in due course. For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0131 348 5226
10:45am MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Neil Findlay S5M-00003
Scotland, Pitchford and Undercover Policing
That the Parliament believes that a growing number of Scottish citizens have been identified as being involved in undercover policing scandals involving the National Public Order Intelligence Unit and the Special Demonstration Squad of the Metropolitan Police, either as victims or as officers working on cases; considers that these units operated in Scotland keeping political, environmental, trade union and other activists under surveillance using unethical and often illegal methods; understands that the Pitchford inquiry, established by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to look into undercover policing since the 1960s, does not cover Scotland in its remit; further understands that the Scottish Government has written to the UK Government asking for the inquiry to be extended to cover Scotland, and notes the view that, should this request be refused, the Scottish Government should set up its own inquiry so that all UK citizens, including those in Lothian who have been affected by what it considers this scandal can have the opportunity to get to the truth.
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Robert Burns Room (CR1)
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—
PE1592 by Shaheen McQuade on Group B Strep information and testing
and take evidence from—
and will then consider—
PE1593 by Paul Quigley, on behalf of Fans Against Criminalisation, on a full review of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012
and take evidence from—
Paul Quigley and Jeanette Findlay, Fans Against Criminalisation;
and will then consider—
PE1594 by Richard Burton, on behalf of Accountability Scotland, on specification of ‘lying’ as an example of public maladministration.
3. Consideration of continued petitions: The Committee will consider—
PE1319 by William Smith and Scott Robertson on improving youth football in Scotland;
PE1477 by Jamie Rae, on behalf of the Throat Cancer Foundation, on a gender neutral Human Papillomavirus vaccination;
PE1545 by Ann Maxwell, on behalf of the Muir Maxwell Trust, on residential care provision for the severely learning disabled;
PE1555 by Siobhan Garrahy on electric shock and vibration collars for animals;
PE1561 by Karen Gray, on behalf of Rabbits Require Rights (Scotland), on pet rabbit welfare;
PE1572 by Parveen Haq on occupational disclosure in trials and sentencing;
PE1573 by Jordan Daly, on behalf of T.I.E. - Time for Inclusive Education, on statutory teaching of LGBTI+ issues;
PE1574 by Freda Birrell, on behalf of the UK Association of HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters (AHVID), on HPV vaccine safety;
PE1576 by Owain Martin on blue badges for children with autism and Down’s Syndrome;
PE1577 by Rachael Wallace on adult cerebral palsy services;
PE1580 by Sheila Duffy, on behalf of ASH Scotland, on guidance for Parliament staff on international health treaty standards.
4. Witness expenses: The Committee will consider claims under the witness expenses scheme.
The morning of the Scottish Parliament’s first meeting on Thursday 12 May has been set aside to allow MSPs to take the oath or make a solemn affirmation. This will be the first business of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament.
There will be three time slots during which the Members will take the oath/make the affirmation:
9.30am – 10.15am
10.30am – 11.15am
11.30am – 12.15pm
The outgoing Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick will preside over the oath-taking procedure.
Members will enter the Chamber individually from the north and south entrances. As in previous sessions, the Party Leaders will be invited to take the oath or make a solemn affirmation first at 9.30am which will be followed by Members in alphabetical order.
Exact details of the order in which members are expected to arrive will be made available to the media on the day.
After being called by the Presiding Officer, they will proceed to the well of the Chamber where they will be asked whether they wish to take the oath or the affirmation. The choice is a personal one and the effect of both is the same.
Once all MSPs are sworn in, the Presiding Officer will suspend the meeting of the Parliament until 2.30pm.
While the Act allows Members two months from the date of their election to take the oath it is anticipated that Members will wish to do so as soon as possible.
The oath states: "I (Member's Name), do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Her Heirs and Successors, according to Law. So help me God."
The affirmation states: "I (Member's Name), do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Her Heirs and Successors, according to Law."
Members will be handed a card with either the oath or the affirmation, according to their choice, and asked to repeat the words after the officiating Clerk. They may then repeat the oath or affirmation in a language other than English.
Members will then be asked to sign the Parliamentary Register, before either taking a seat or exiting the Chamber.
The Register is a loose leaf volume of archival quality paper which has either the text of the oath or the affirmation inscribed at the top of each page.
Any Member who refuses to take the oath or the affirmation will be unable to take part in any other proceedings of the Parliament and will not be paid any salary and allowances until he or she has done so. If any Member has not taken the oath or affirmation within two months of the day of their election they shall cease to be a Member of the Parliament (unless the Parliament agrees to extend this period).
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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-02316)
2. Ruth Davidson: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S4F-02317)
3. Christine Grahame: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on Police Scotland’s National Child Abuse Investigation Unit. (S4F-02321)
4. John Mason: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Government is taking to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health issues. (S4F-02319)
5. James Kelly: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to reports that ScotRail has recorded nearly £100 million in profit since 2008, with £95 million of that being paid to shareholders. (S4F-02326)
6. Murdo Fraser: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government is doing to tackle overcrowding and understaffing in accident and emergency departments. (S4F-02325)
Nicola Sturgeon S5M-00601
Implications of the EU Referendum for Scotland
That the Parliament welcomes the overwhelming vote of the people of Scotland to remain in the European Union; affirms to citizens of other EU countries living here that they remain welcome and that their contribution is valued; mandates the Scottish Government to have discussions with the UK Government, other devolved administrations, the EU institutions and member states to explore options for protecting Scotland’s relationship with the EU, Scotland’s place in the single market and the social, employment and economic benefits that come from that, and instructs the Scottish Government to report back regularly to parliamentarians, to the European and External Relations Committee and the Parliament on the progress of those discussions and to seek Parliament’s approval of the outcome of that process.