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Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 19th June 2014

2.15 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

1. John Wilson: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body how many incidents there have been in the Parliament complex since 2012 that have led to police action. (S4O-03388)

2. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what prices it will set for the proposed pilot of commercial access to the Parliament, and whether these will be reduced for non-profit or charitable organisations. (S4O-03389)

3. Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what progress the Parliament is making in meeting its environmental targets. (S4O-03356)

4. Cara Hilton: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what steps it is taking to ensure that it maximises the benefits of digital working. (S4O-03387)

5. Siobhan McMahon: To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what security support and advice is available to members. (S4O-03390)

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Bill

S4M-10335 David Stewart: Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Historic Environment Scotland Bill

S4M-10371 Fiona Hyslop: Historic Environment Scotland Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Historic Environment Scotland Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution: Historic Environment Scotland Bill

S4M-09869 John Swinney: Historic Environment Scotland Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Historic Environment Scotland Bill, agrees to—

(a) any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act, and

(b) any charge or payment in relation to which Rule 9.12.4 of the Standing Orders applies arising in consequence of the Act.

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

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Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 11th February 2016

Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 11th February 2016

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
S4M-15609 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that, during stage 3 of the Community Justice (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:
Groups 1 to 4: 30 minutes
Groups 5 to 8: 1 hour.
2.00 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Community Justice (Scotland) Bill
S4M-15607 Paul Wheelhouse: Community Justice (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Community Justice (Scotland) Bill be passed.
followed by Stage 1 Debate: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill
S4M-15608 Maureen Watt: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill.
followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Rate Resolution
S4M-15497 John Swinney: Scottish Rate Resolution—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish rate of income tax for tax year 2016-17 is 10%.
followed by Financial Resolution: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill
S4M-15260 John Swinney: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—
(a) any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act, and
(b) any charge or payment in relation to which Rule 9.12.4 of the Standing Orders applies arising in consequence of the Act.
followed by Business Motions
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
6.30 pm Decision Time

Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 10th February 2016

Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 10th February 2016

Scottish Labour Party Debate: Scotland’s Future Prosperity
S4M-15588 Iain Gray: Scotland’s Future Prosperity—That the Parliament agrees that education spending should be protected in real terms over the next five years.
The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments
S4M-15588.3 Angela Constance: Scotland’s Future Prosperity—As an amendment to motion S4M-15588 in the name of Iain Gray (Scotland’s Future Prosperity), leave out from “agrees” to end and insert “welcomes the estimated £7.2 billion invested in education in 2015-16; further welcomes the increase in local government education resource spending of at least £208 million since 2006-07 and the planned increase of 3.3% in 2015-16; believes that Scottish education is already performing well, with attainment improving; notes the OECD view that Scottish education has the potential to lead the world; further believes therefore that there is more to do to improve education, and agrees that protection of the pupil-teacher ratio, investment in closing the attainment gap and reform of how attainment is assessed is the right way forward.”
S4M-15588.2 Mary Scanlon: Scotland’s Future Prosperity—As an amendment to motion S4M-15588 in the name of Iain Gray (Scotland’s Future Prosperity), leave out from “education” to end and insert “the primary focus of education policy must be on reducing the attainment gap between the most and least deprived pupils; believes that this will be achieved by head teachers being given significantly more autonomy to run their schools, including giving Scottish Attainment Challenge funding directly to schools and ensuring that this money is awarded to deprived children, regardless of where they attend school; acknowledges the crucial role of vocational education and is disappointed that free tuition in higher education has been prioritised over adequate funding for colleges, which has in turn resulted in 152,000 places being lost since 2007; recognises the importance of substantially increasing funding for colleges, and regrets that deprived young people in Scotland are almost half as likely to get the chance to go to university as their peers in England.”
S4M-15588.1 Liam McArthur: Scotland’s Future Prosperity—As an amendment to motion S4M-15588 in the name of Iain Gray (Scotland’s Future Prosperity), insert at end “; notes that, while Scotland has traditionally excelled in education and many aspects of the system remain world class, its international advantage is slipping, there is an urgent need for new measures to close the attainment gap, college places have been cut by 152,000 since 2007 and businesses are struggling to find the skills that they need, and endorses the proposal to put a penny on income tax, raising £475 million per year, to prevent planned education cuts, improve life chances and strengthen the economy”.
followed by Business Motions
S4M-15594 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—
Tuesday 23 February 2016
2.00 pm Time for Reflection
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by Topical Questions (if selected)
followed by Justice Committee Debate: Scotland’s National Action Plan on Human Rights
followed by Scottish Government Debate: BBC Charter Renewal Process
followed by Stage 1 Debate: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill
followed by Financial Resolution: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill
followed by Business Motions
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
6.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business
Wednesday 24 February 2016
2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
2.00 pm Portfolio Questions
Rural Affairs, Food and Environment;
Justice and the Law Officers
followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Budget (Scotland) (No.5) Bill
followed by Business Motions
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business
Thursday 25 February 2016
11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions
11.40 am General Questions
12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions
12.30 pm Members’ Business
2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
2.30 pm Scottish Government Debate: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2016 [draft]
followed by Ministerial Statement: Programme of Child Protection Work
followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Elections (Dates) Bill
followed by Stage 1 Debate: Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill
followed by Business Motions
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
Tuesday 1 March 2016
2.00 pm Time for Reflection
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by Topical Questions (if selected)
followed by Scottish Government Business
followed by Business Motions
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business
Wednesday 2 March 2016
2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
2.00 pm Portfolio Questions
Health, Wellbeing and Sport
followed by Scottish Government Business
followed by Business Motions
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business
Thursday 3 March 2016
11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions
11.40 am General Questions
12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions
12.30 pm Members’ Business
2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
2.30 pm Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Questions
followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill
followed by Business Motions
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
S4M-15595 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill at stage 2 be completed by 11 March 2016.
S4M-15619 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 2.2.5(a) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purpose of allowing the Parliament to meet beyond 5.30 pm on—
(a) Thursday 11 February 2016; and
(b) Tuesday 23 February 2016.
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
S4M-15596 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2016 [draft]—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2016 [draft] be considered by the Parliament.
S4M-15597 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Authority (Capital Finance and Accounting) (Scotland) Regulations 2016 [draft] be approved.
S4M-15598 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Regulations 2016 [draft] be approved.
S4M-15599 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 Amendment Order 2016 [draft] be approved.
5.00 pm Decision Time

Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 9th February 2016

Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 9th February 2016

Stage 1 Debate: Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill
S4M-15128 Anne McTaggart: Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill.
The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment
S4M-15128.1 Maureen Watt: Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion S4M-15128 in the name of Anne McTaggart (Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill), leave out from “agrees” to end and insert “does not agree to the general principles of the Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill because it has serious concerns about the practical impact of the specific details in the bill that relate to organ donation rates and transplants; agrees the merits of developing a workable soft opt-out system for Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government to commence work in preparation for a detailed consultation on further methods to increase organ donations and transplants in Scotland, including soft opt-out, as an early priority in the next parliamentary session, learning from the experiences in Wales, which is currently implementing its own opt-out legislation, and to consider bringing forward legislation as appropriate.”
followed by Public Audit Committee Debate: Overview of Scotland’s Colleges 2015; 2012-13 Audit of North Glasgow College and 2013-14 Audit of Coatbridge College
S4M-15584 Paul Martin on behalf of the Public Audit Committee: Overview of Scotland’s Colleges 2015; 2012-13 Audit of North Glasgow College and 2013-14 Audit of Coatbridge College—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations in the Public Audit Committee’s 3rd Report 2015 (Session 4), Report on Scotland’s colleges 2015, its 4th Report 2015 (Session 4), Report on The 2012/13 audit of North Glasgow College: Governance and financial stewardship and its 1st Report 2016 (Session 4), Report on The 2013/14 audit of Coatbridge College: Governance of severance.
followed by Business Motions
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.30 pm Decision Time

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  • Portfolio Questions
    Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 11th February 2016

    2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    S4M-15609 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that, during stage 3 of the Community Justice (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:
    Groups 1 to 4: 30 minutes
    Groups 5 to 8: 1 hour.
    2.00 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Community Justice (Scotland) Bill
    S4M-15607 Paul Wheelhouse: Community Justice (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Community Justice (Scotland) Bill be passed.
    followed by Stage 1 Debate: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill
    S4M-15608 Maureen Watt: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill.
    followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Rate Resolution
    S4M-15497 John Swinney: Scottish Rate Resolution—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish rate of income tax for tax year 2016-17 is 10%.
    followed by Financial Resolution: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill
    S4M-15260 John Swinney: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—
    (a) any expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act, and
    (b) any charge or payment in relation to which Rule 9.12.4 of the Standing Orders applies arising in consequence of the Act.
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    6.30 pm Decision Time

  • Portfolio Questions
    Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 10th February 2016

    Scottish Labour Party Debate: Scotland’s Future Prosperity
    S4M-15588 Iain Gray: Scotland’s Future Prosperity—That the Parliament agrees that education spending should be protected in real terms over the next five years.
    The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments
    S4M-15588.3 Angela Constance: Scotland’s Future Prosperity—As an amendment to motion S4M-15588 in the name of Iain Gray (Scotland’s Future Prosperity), leave out from “agrees” to end and insert “welcomes the estimated £7.2 billion invested in education in 2015-16; further welcomes the increase in local government education resource spending of at least £208 million since 2006-07 and the planned increase of 3.3% in 2015-16; believes that Scottish education is already performing well, with attainment improving; notes the OECD view that Scottish education has the potential to lead the world; further believes therefore that there is more to do to improve education, and agrees that protection of the pupil-teacher ratio, investment in closing the attainment gap and reform of how attainment is assessed is the right way forward.”
    S4M-15588.2 Mary Scanlon: Scotland’s Future Prosperity—As an amendment to motion S4M-15588 in the name of Iain Gray (Scotland’s Future Prosperity), leave out from “education” to end and insert “the primary focus of education policy must be on reducing the attainment gap between the most and least deprived pupils; believes that this will be achieved by head teachers being given significantly more autonomy to run their schools, including giving Scottish Attainment Challenge funding directly to schools and ensuring that this money is awarded to deprived children, regardless of where they attend school; acknowledges the crucial role of vocational education and is disappointed that free tuition in higher education has been prioritised over adequate funding for colleges, which has in turn resulted in 152,000 places being lost since 2007; recognises the importance of substantially increasing funding for colleges, and regrets that deprived young people in Scotland are almost half as likely to get the chance to go to university as their peers in England.”
    S4M-15588.1 Liam McArthur: Scotland’s Future Prosperity—As an amendment to motion S4M-15588 in the name of Iain Gray (Scotland’s Future Prosperity), insert at end “; notes that, while Scotland has traditionally excelled in education and many aspects of the system remain world class, its international advantage is slipping, there is an urgent need for new measures to close the attainment gap, college places have been cut by 152,000 since 2007 and businesses are struggling to find the skills that they need, and endorses the proposal to put a penny on income tax, raising £475 million per year, to prevent planned education cuts, improve life chances and strengthen the economy”.
    followed by Business Motions
    S4M-15594 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—
    Tuesday 23 February 2016
    2.00 pm Time for Reflection
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    followed by Topical Questions (if selected)
    followed by Justice Committee Debate: Scotland’s National Action Plan on Human Rights
    followed by Scottish Government Debate: BBC Charter Renewal Process
    followed by Stage 1 Debate: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill
    followed by Financial Resolution: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    6.00 pm Decision Time
    followed by Members’ Business
    Wednesday 24 February 2016
    2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    2.00 pm Portfolio Questions
    Rural Affairs, Food and Environment;
    Justice and the Law Officers
    followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Budget (Scotland) (No.5) Bill
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    5.00 pm Decision Time
    followed by Members’ Business
    Thursday 25 February 2016
    11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    11.40 am General Questions
    12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions
    12.30 pm Members’ Business
    2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    2.30 pm Scottish Government Debate: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2016 [draft]
    followed by Ministerial Statement: Programme of Child Protection Work
    followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Elections (Dates) Bill
    followed by Stage 1 Debate: Criminal Verdicts (Scotland) Bill
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    5.00 pm Decision Time
    Tuesday 1 March 2016
    2.00 pm Time for Reflection
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    followed by Topical Questions (if selected)
    followed by Scottish Government Business
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    5.00 pm Decision Time
    followed by Members’ Business
    Wednesday 2 March 2016
    2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    2.00 pm Portfolio Questions
    Health, Wellbeing and Sport
    followed by Scottish Government Business
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    5.00 pm Decision Time
    followed by Members’ Business
    Thursday 3 March 2016
    11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    11.40 am General Questions
    12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions
    12.30 pm Members’ Business
    2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    2.30 pm Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Questions
    followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    5.00 pm Decision Time
    S4M-15595 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill at stage 2 be completed by 11 March 2016.
    S4M-15619 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 2.2.5(a) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purpose of allowing the Parliament to meet beyond 5.30 pm on—
    (a) Thursday 11 February 2016; and
    (b) Tuesday 23 February 2016.
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    S4M-15596 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2016 [draft]—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2016 [draft] be considered by the Parliament.
    S4M-15597 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Authority (Capital Finance and Accounting) (Scotland) Regulations 2016 [draft] be approved.
    S4M-15598 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Regulations 2016 [draft] be approved.
    S4M-15599 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 Amendment Order 2016 [draft] be approved.
    5.00 pm Decision Time

  • Portfolio Questions
    Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 9th February 2016

    Stage 1 Debate: Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill
    S4M-15128 Anne McTaggart: Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill.
    The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment
    S4M-15128.1 Maureen Watt: Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion S4M-15128 in the name of Anne McTaggart (Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill), leave out from “agrees” to end and insert “does not agree to the general principles of the Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill because it has serious concerns about the practical impact of the specific details in the bill that relate to organ donation rates and transplants; agrees the merits of developing a workable soft opt-out system for Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Government to commence work in preparation for a detailed consultation on further methods to increase organ donations and transplants in Scotland, including soft opt-out, as an early priority in the next parliamentary session, learning from the experiences in Wales, which is currently implementing its own opt-out legislation, and to consider bringing forward legislation as appropriate.”
    followed by Public Audit Committee Debate: Overview of Scotland’s Colleges 2015; 2012-13 Audit of North Glasgow College and 2013-14 Audit of Coatbridge College
    S4M-15584 Paul Martin on behalf of the Public Audit Committee: Overview of Scotland’s Colleges 2015; 2012-13 Audit of North Glasgow College and 2013-14 Audit of Coatbridge College—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations in the Public Audit Committee’s 3rd Report 2015 (Session 4), Report on Scotland’s colleges 2015, its 4th Report 2015 (Session 4), Report on The 2012/13 audit of North Glasgow College: Governance and financial stewardship and its 1st Report 2016 (Session 4), Report on The 2013/14 audit of Coatbridge College: Governance of severance.
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    5.30 pm Decision Time

  • Portfolio Questions
    Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 4th February 2016

    2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    S4M-15562 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that, during stage 3 of the Carers (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, that time limit being calculated from when the stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:
    Groups 1 to 5: 45 minutes
    Groups 6 to 9: 1 hour 40 minutes
    Groups 10 to 14: 2 hours 15 minutes.
    2.00 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Carers (Scotland) Bill
    S4M-15561 Jamie Hepburn: Carers (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Carers (Scotland) Bill be passed.
    followed by Stage 1 Debate: Alcohol (Licensing, Public Health and Criminal Justice) (Scotland) Bill
    S4M-14673 Richard Simpson: Alcohol (Licensing, Public Health and Criminal Justice) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Alcohol (Licensing, Public Health and Criminal Justice) (Scotland) Bill.
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    6.15 pm Decision Time

  • Portfolio Questions
    Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 3rd February 2016

    Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) (No. 5) Bill
    S4M-15522 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.5) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No.5) Bill.
    The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment
    S4M-15522.1 Jackie Baillie: Budget (Scotland) (No.5) Bill—As an amendment to motion S4M-15522 in the name of John Swinney (Budget (Scotland) (No.5) Bill), insert at end “, and, in so doing, believes that the Scottish rate of income tax should be set at 11p for 2016-17, 1p higher than the UK rate set by the Chancellor of the Exchequer”.
    followed by Business Motions
    S4M-15543 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—
    Tuesday 9 February 2016
    2.00 pm Time for Reflection
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    followed by Topical Questions (if selected)
    followed by Stage 1 Debate: Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill
    followed by Public Audit Committee Debate: Overview of Scotland’s Colleges 2015; 2012-13 Audit of North Glasgow College and 2013-14 Audit of Coatbridge College
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    5.30 pm Decision Time
    followed by Members’ Business
    Wednesday 10 February 2016
    2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    2.00 pm Portfolio Questions
    Finance, Constitution and Economy
    followed by Scottish Labour Party Business
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    5.00 pm Decision Time
    followed by Members’ Business
    Thursday 11 February 2016
    11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    11.40 am General Questions
    12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions
    12.30 pm Members’ Business
    2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    2.00 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Community Justice (Scotland) Bill
    followed by Stage 1 Debate: Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Bill
    followed by Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Rate Resolution
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    5.30 pm Decision Time
    Tuesday 23 February 2016
    2.00 pm Time for Reflection
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    followed by Topical Questions (if selected)
    followed by Scottish Government Business
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    5.00 pm Decision Time
    followed by Members’ Business
    Wednesday 24 February 2016
    2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    2.00 pm Portfolio Questions
    Rural Affairs, Food and Environment;
    Justice and the Law Officers
    followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Budget (Scotland) (No.5) Bill
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    5.00 pm Decision Time
    followed by Members’ Business
    Thursday 25 February 2016
    11.40 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    11.40 am General Questions
    12.00 pm First Minister’s Questions
    12.30 pm Members’ Business
    2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    2.30 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Elections (Dates) Bill
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    5.00 pm Decision Time
    S4M-15542 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill at stage 2 be completed by 26 February 2016.
    S4M-15546 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees, for the purposes of its consideration of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, under Rule 9.6.3A of the Standing Orders, that the Parliament shall consider the general principles of the Bill on the second sitting day after publication of the lead committee report.
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    S4M-15547 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Police Act 1997 and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 Remedial (No. 2) Order 2015 be approved.
    S4M-15548 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2016 [draft] be approved.
    S4M-15549 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Water Environment (Amendment of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990: Contaminated Land) (Scotland) Regulations 2016 [draft] be approved.
    S4M-15550 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Suspension and Variation of Standing Orders—That the Parliament agrees that, subject to its agreement to the general principles of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, for the purposes of further consideration of the Bill—
    (a) Rules 9.5.3A and 9.5.3B of Standing Orders be suspended;
    (b) the following be substituted for Rule 9.10.2A of Standing Orders:
    “Subject to paragraph 6, where a member intends to move an amendment to the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill at stage 3, that member shall give notice of the amendment by lodging it with the Clerk no later than 12:00 on Friday 4 March 2016.”
    (c) in Rule 9.7.8A of Standing Orders, the word “second” be substituted for the word “fourth”;
    (d) in each of Rules 9.7.8B and 9.7.10 of Standing Orders, the words “third sitting day before the day” be substituted for the words “end of the second week before the week”.
    S4M-15544 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Variation of Standing Orders—That the Parliament agrees that, subject to its agreement to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No.5) Bill, for the purposes of further consideration of the Bill, in Rule 9.10.2A of Standing Orders, the word “third” be substituted for the word “fourth” in both places where it occurs.
    S4M-15545 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Finance Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill at stage 1.

  • Portfolio Questions
    Plenary Session - Scottish Parliament: 2nd February 2016

    Stage 3 Proceedings: Education (Scotland) Bill
    S4M-15521 Angela Constance: Education (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Education (Scotland) Bill be passed.
    followed by Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee: Code of Conduct Revisions
    S4M-15512 Stewart Stevenson on behalf of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee: Code of Conduct Revisions—That the Parliament agrees to amend the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament by making the alterations set out in Annexes A and B of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s 2nd Report 2016 (Session 4), Code of Conduct Revisions, and by inserting the written statement forms contained in Annexe A of that report at Annexe 3 of Volume 4 of the Code of Conduct, with effect from the date after the date of the first dissolution of the Parliament following the date on which this resolution is passed.
    S4M-15513 Stewart Stevenson on behalf of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee: Written Statement Determination—That the Parliament, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 4(1) and 4(2) of the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 (asp 12)—
    makes the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 (Form and Content of Written Statement) Determination 2016 as set out in the Annexe to this resolution;
    revokes the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 (Form and Content of Written Statement) Determination 2010; and
    provides that these changes shall have effect from the date after the date of the first dissolution of the Parliament following the date on which this resolution is passed.
    ANNEXE
    The Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 (Form and Content of Written Statement) Determination 2016
    The Scottish Parliament, in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 4(1), 4(2) and 8A(6) of the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006, on the 2nd day of February 2016 made the following Determination. This replaces the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 (Form and Content of Written Statement) Determination 2010:
    Citation and commencement
    1. This Determination may be cited as the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 (Form and Content of Written Statement) Determination 2016 and shall have effect from 25 March 2016.
    Interpretation
    2. In this Determination—
    “the Act” means the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 (asp 12);
    “the Code of Conduct” means the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament, as amended by the Parliament by resolution on 2 February 2016;
    “written statement” means the written statement which members are required to lodge under sections 3(3), 5(2) or 6(2) of the Act or may lodge under section 7 of the Act and the written notice which members are required to lodge under section 8A(5) of the Act.
    Form of written statement
    3. A written statement shall be in the form set out in Annexe 3 of Volume 4 of the Code of Conduct.
    Content of written statement
    4. A written statement shall contain the information required in the form set out in Annexe 3 of Volume 4 of the Code of Conduct and for the purposes of registration includes only those parts of the statement completed by a member.
    followed by Scottish Parliamentary Nomination: Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission
    S4M-15504 Drew Smith on behalf of Selection Panel: Appointment of the Chair of the Scottish Commission for Human Rights—That the Parliament nominates Ms Judith Robertson to Her Majesty The Queen for appointment as the Chair of the Scottish Commission for Human Rights.
    followed by Business Motions
    followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
    6.00 pm Decision Time