1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private.
2. Committee on Climate Change - Assessment of Scotland's Climate Change Adaptation Programme: The Committee will take evidence from—
Lord Krebs, Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, Ece Ozdemiroglu, Member of Adaptation Sub-Committee, and Matthew Bell, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change.
3. Appointment of Scottish Land Commissioners and the Tenant Farming Commissioner: The Committee will continue to consider its approach to engaging with the appointment of the Scottish Land Commissioners and the Scottish Tenant Farming Commissioner.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting, on 4 October, the Committee will take evidence on Climate Change Adaptation from stakeholders. The Committee also expects to consider subordinate legislation on The Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2016 and The Smoke Control Areas (Exempted Fireplaces) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2016. For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, Lynn Tullis, on 0131 348 5240 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 6 in private.
2. Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016: The Committee will take evidence on the Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016 (SSI 2016/261) from—
John Paterson, Divisional Solicitor, Food, Children, Education, Health and Social Care, Scottish Government Legal Directorate;
Afson Barekat, Solicitor, Food, Children, Education, Health and Social Care, Scottish Government Legal Directorate;
Leia Fitzgerald, Policy Manager, Student Support & Participation Team, Directorate for Advanced Learning and Science, Scottish Government.
3. Instruments subject to affirmative procedure: The Committee will consider the following—
Scottish Local Government Elections Amendment (No. 2) Order 2016 [draft]; Maximum Number of Judges (Scotland) Order 2016 [draft]; Sheriff Court Simple Procedure (Limits on Award of Expenses) Order 2016 [draft].
4. Instruments subject to negative procedure: The Committee will consider the following—
Acquisition of Land (Rate of Interest after Entry) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016 (SSI 2016/258); Food Hygiene (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016 (SSI 2016/260); Smoke Control Areas (Exempted Fireplaces) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2016 (SSI 2016/292); Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2016 (SSI 2016/293).
5. Instruments not subject to any parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—
Aberdeen City (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/265); Aberdeenshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/266); Angus (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/267); Clackmannanshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/268); Dumfries and Galloway (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/269); City of Edinburgh (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/270); East Ayrshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/271); East Dunbartonshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/272); East Lothian (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/273); East Renfrewshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/274); Falkirk (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/275); Fife (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/276); Glasgow City (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/277); Highland (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/278); Inverclyde (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/279); Midlothian (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/280); Moray (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/281); North Ayrshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/282); North Lanarkshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/283); Perth and Kinross (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/284); Renfrewshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/285); South Ayrshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/286); South Lanarkshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/287); Stirling (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/288); West Dunbartonshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/289); Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 7, Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order 2016 (SSI 2016/291 (C.26)).
6. Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016: The Committee will consider the evidence it heard earlier in the meeting.
Proposed future business
The Committee will next meet on Tuesday 4 October. For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee on 0131 348 5212 or at email@example.com
Neil Bibby S5O-00175
5. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve performance on Scotland's railways.
Alison Harris S5O-00176
6. To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the reported views of businesses regarding slow broadband speeds in the Grangemouth area.
Tom Arthur S5O-00177
7. To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to empower communities.
Liz Smith S5O-00178
8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on CAP subsidy payments to farmers in Perthshire.
Peter Chapman S5O-00179
9. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on funding for NHS Grampian.
Daniel Johnson S5O-00180
10. To ask the Scottish Government whether all of its and its agencies’ employees receive at least the Scottish living wage.
Securing Scotland’s Position as the Perfect Stage for Events
As an amendment to motion S5M-01581 in the name of Fiona Hyslop (Securing Scotland’s Position as the Perfect Stage for Events), leave out from "establishment" to end and insert “support for events such as the Edinburgh International Culture Summit given by the UK Government; further welcomes the establishment of the Events and Festivals Industry Group, which has been brought together by the Scottish Tourism Alliance to facilitate a collective industry response to the strategy; recognises the future opportunities for Scotland following the successful securing of major sporting events, including the 2018 European Championships, the 2019 Solheim Cup and the 2020 UEFA European Football Championships, and notes the importance of good infrastructure and transport systems, particularly in rural and semi-rural areas, to improving access to large events for people across Scotland.”
That the Parliament notes the opportunity for change created by the December 2015 report of the Commission on Local Tax Reform; recognises the initial changes to council tax proposed by the Scottish Government, and supports continued discussion by all parties, with local government and wider society, of measures to improve progressivity and local financial accountability over the current parliamentary session.
The Standing Safe Campaign
That the Parliament welcomes the campaign Standing Safe, which is being launched by the University of the West of Scotland on 14 September 2016; understands that the campaign is a student-staff partnership initiative raising awareness about and warning against sexual violence on campus; notes that the campaign states that incidents of sexual violence have seen an upward trend in Scotland since records began in 1971; acknowledges that the campaign, which will be led by students across the university’s different schools and supported by the university’s senior management, the Dean of Students, Student Services, SAUWS and Student Ambassadors, aims to address peer-on-peer violence in universities; recognises that it has established a number of external links, including with Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Scotland and NHS Lanarkshire, with the purpose of working collaboratively through focus groups and student-led workshops to tackle sexual violence on campuses and the harmful attitudes that underpin it; further understands that a collaboration with local artists as a means of providing the students with learning experiences is planned; wishes all those involved in the campaign success across all the university's campuses, including the campus in Hamilton, and notes the view that other university campuses across Scotland would benefit from a similar campaign.
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.
Domestic Abuse Law
That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the First Minister when delivering the 2016-17 Programme for Government that the Scottish Government will introduce legislation to create a specific criminal offence of domestic abuse; recognises that, in Scotland, there are approximately 60,000 incidents of domestic abuse reported each year, with the 2014-15 figures showing that 79% of such incidents having a male perpetrator and a female victim; recognises that, while physical abuse can be prosecuted under existing laws, it is challenging to prosecute psychological abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour under these; agrees that a new offence will both help the criminal justice system to deal more effectively with domestic abusers and, alongside access to appropriate advocacy services, allow better access to justice for victims, and notes that the Scottish Government is continuing to consider the exact terms of such an offence in the light of feedback to the recent consultation on a draft offence with the aim of ensuring that it appropriately and effectively criminalises the type of pernicious coercive and controlling behaviour that can constitute domestic abuse and that such an offence will have a significant impact on how society views domestic abuse by ensuring that there is clarity that psychological, as well as physical abuse, of a partner or ex-partner is a criminal offence.
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)