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Press Association Scotland provisional parliamentary diary for week beginning Monday November 11 . All events Edinburgh unless indicated. Call Holyrood media relations on 0131 348 6852.

Tuesday November 12

Committees:

0930 Health and Sport Committee. Room 1

Declaration of interests: Colin Keir will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

Ask the Health Secretary: The Committee will take evidence from Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well-being, Scottish Government.

Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Draft Budget Scrutiny 2014-15 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government's Budget 2014-15.

0930 Justice Committee. Room 6

Declaration of interests: Christian Allard will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4 and 5 in private.

Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Draft Budget Scrutiny 2014-15: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2014-15.

Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

0945 Education and Culture Committee. Room 2

Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft Stage 1 report.

1000 Public Petitions Committee. Room 4

PE1098 and PE1223 - school bus safety: The Committee will take evidence from Keith Brown, Minister for Transport and Veterans, and Graham Thomson, Transport Accessibility and Road Safety Team Leader, Transport Scotland, Scottish Government.

Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will consider:

PE1493 by Peter John Gordon on a Sunshine Act for Scotland and take evidence from Peter Gordon;

PE1491 by Tom Minogue on secret society membership declaration by decision makers and evidence from Tom Minogue.

Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will consider:

PE1400 by Libby Anderson, on behalf of OneKind, on a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses;

PE1408 by Andrea MacArthur on the updating of Pernicious Anaemia/Vitamin B12 Deficiency understanding and treatment;

PE1412 by Bill McDowell on bonds of caution;

PE1421 by Gail Robertson, on behalf of the Outer Hebrides Transport Group, on fair ferry fares;

PE1431 by Nick Riddiford, on behalf of the Fair Isle Community, on a marine protected area for Fair Isle;

PE1461 by William Campbell on protection for third parties in the planning process;

PE1467 by Andrew McGowan MSYP, on behalf of the Scottish Youth Parliament, on a Scottish living wage recognition scheme;

PE1471 by Rachael McCully MSYP, on behalf of the Scottish Youth Parliament, on young people's hospital wards;

PE1472 by Councillor Gordon Murray and Councillor Rae Mackenzie, on behalf of Protecting Inter-Island Transport Links, on inter-island air services;

PE1484 by Ian Thow on an independent regulator for national examinations set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority;

PE1485 by David Ewing on airgun licensing in Scotland;

PE1487 by Mark Gordon and Secular Scotland on religious observance in schools.

1000 Welfare Reform Committee. Room 5

Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.

Public petitions: PE01468 y Mike Dailly, on Evictions due to under occupation deductions. Evidence from Mike Dailly, Principal Solicitor, Garry Burns, Prevention of Homelessness Caseworker, and Alistair Sharp, Prevention of Homelessness Manager/senior Coordinator, Govan Law Centre;

and then from Jim Hayton, Policy Manager, Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers; David Bookbinder, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Chartered Institute of Housing; David Ogilvie, Policy Manager, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations; Councillor Harry McGuigan, Spokesperson Community Wellbeing, COSLA.

Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Council Tax Reduction (Scotland) Amendment No 4 Regulations 2013 (SSI 2013/287) from Jenny Brough, Team Leader, Council Tax Unit, Scottish Government.

Draft Budget Scrutiny 2014-15 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2014-15.

Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

1130 Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee. Room 3

Declaration of interests: Stuart McMillan will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a new Deputy Convener.

Instruments subject to affirmative procedure: The Committee will consider the following:

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Removal from Register and Dissolution) Amendment Regulations 2013 [draft]; Register of Young Voters (Anonymous Entries) (Scotland) Order 2013 [draft].

Instruments subject to negative procedure: The Committee will consider the following:

Fruit Juices and Fruit Nectars (Scotland) Regulations 2013 (SSI 2013/305);

Marine Licensing (Pre-application Consultation) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 (SSI 2013/286);

Drugs Courts (Scotland) Amendment Order 2013 (SSI 2013/302);

Electricity Generating Stations (Applications for Variation of Consent) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 (SSI 2013/304);

Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 (SSI 2013/307);

Rural Development Contracts (Land Managers Options) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2013 (SSI 2013/309);

Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (East Dunbartonshire Council) Designation Order 2013 (SSI 2013/311);

Road Traffic (Parking Adjudicators) (East Dunbartonshire Council) Regulations 2013 (SSI 2013/312);

Parking Attendants (Wearing of Uniforms) (East Dunbartonshire Council Parking Area) Regulations 2013 (SSI 2013/313).

Instruments not subject to any parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following:

Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 (Commencement) (Scotland) Order 2013 (SSI 2013/303 (C.24)).

Chamber:

1400 Time for Reflection - Reverend Bruce Sinclair, Minister, Overtown Parish Church, Overtown, Wishaw

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Topical Questions (if selected)

Stage 1 Debate: Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill

Financial Resolution: Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill

Scottish Government Debate: Dundee, City of Culture

Legislative Consent Motion: Water Bill - UK Legislation

Business Motions

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

1700 Decision Time

Members' Business (Dennis Robertson): Action over Size 10 Models and Mannequins

Wednesday November 13

Committees:

0930 Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee. Room 4

Draft Budget Scrutiny 2014-15 (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2014-15.

0930 Local Government and Regeneration Committee Meeting. Room 3

Declaration of Interests: Mark McDonald will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

The Implications of Procurement Reform for Public Services and Community Regeneration: The Committee will take evidence on the implications for local government of the provisions of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill from Alex Linkston, Former Chief Executive West Lothian Council; Ronnie Hinds, Former Chief Executive Fife Council; Bill Howatt, Former Chief Executive Western Isles Council;

and then from Ashley Gould, Head of Procurement Highland Council, SOPO; Ken Graham, Head of Legal and Democratic Services, SOLAR;

and then from Fraser McKinlay, Director, Best Value and Scrutiny Improvement, Accounts Commission for Scotland; Elma Murray, Chair of SOLACE Scotland, and Chief Executive of North Ayrshire Council; David Martin, Chief Executive Renfrewshire Council, Former Chair SOLACE, Renfrewshire Council.

The Implications of Procurement Reform for Public Services and Community Regeneration (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received.

Draft Budget Scrutiny 2014-15 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2014-15.

1000 City of Edinburgh Council (Portobello Park) Bill Committee. Room 5

1000 Finance Committee. Room 1

Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.

Draft Budget Scrutiny 2014-15: The Committee will take evidence on the Draft Budget 2014-15 from Liam McArthur, member of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, Paul Grice, Clerk/Chief Executive, and Derek Croll, Head of Financial Resources, Scottish Parliament.

Inquiry into proposals for an independent fiscal body: The Committee will take evidence by video conference from Robert Chote, Chairman, Office for Budget Responsibility.

Defective and Dangerous Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum.

1000 Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee. Room 2

Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence in a round table discussion on the Bill at Stage 1 from Karen Bowman, Director of Procurement, University of Edinburgh; Dorothy Cowie, Director, Scotland Excel; George Eckton, Chief Officer, Development, Economy and Sustainability Team, COSLA; Sylvia Gray, Sustainability and Energy Officer, East Dunbartonshire Council, Scottish Sustainable Network; Colin Sinclair, National Director, NHS National Procurement Scotland; Susan Torrance, Policy Manager, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations; Angus Warren, Chief Executive, Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges.

Draft Budget Scrutiny 2014-15 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2014-15.

1000 Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee. Room 6.

Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft letter to the Scottish Government on climate change adaptation and behaviour change should be taken in private at future meetings, and whether its approach to the expected Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 Remedial Order 2014 should be taken in private at its next meeting.

Declaration of interests: Cara Hilton will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

Deer management: The Committee will take evidence from Dr Maggie Keegan, Head of Policy and Planning, Scottish Wildlife Trust; Mike Daniels, Head of Land and Science, John Muir Trust; Duncan Orr-Ewing, Head of Species and Land Management, RSPB Scotland;

and then from: Richard Cooke, Chairman, Association of Deer Management Groups; Peter Fraser, Vice Chairman, Scottish Gamekeepers Association; Jamie Williamson, Alvie Estate representing Scottish Land and Estates.

Draft Budget Scrutiny 2014-15 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee.

Chamber:

1400 Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Portfolio Questions: Infrastructure, Investment and Cities; Culture and External Affairs.

Scottish Government Debate: Modernising Scotland's Transport Infrastructure, Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century

Business Motions

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

1700 Decision Time

Members' Business (Claire Baker): National Parks, Unfinished Business

Thursday November 14

Committees:

0900 European and External Relations Committee. Room 2

Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4, 5 and 6 in private.

European Structural Funds: The Committee will take evidence in round table format from: Lesley Cannon, EU Funding Manager, Scotland Europa; Liz Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce; Alan Boyle, Member of Third Sector Employability Forum (TSEF) Scotland and chair of the TSEF Scotland European Structural Funds subgroup, TSEF Scotland; Linda Stewart, Director of European and International Development, University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI); Serafin Pazos-Vidal, Head of Brussels Office, COSLA; Kat Feldinger, Regional Policy Specialist, Scottish Government; Karen Yeomans, Head of Service (Development Planning), North Ayrshire Council.

Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the latest issue of the Brussels Bulletin and recent updates on issues raised during previous discussions.

The Scottish Government's White Paper on Independence: The Committee will consider a proposal for an evidence session.

European Structural and Investment Funds: The Committee will review the evidence taken on European Structural and Investment Funds.

Draft Budget scrutiny 2014-2015: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2014-2015.

TBC City of Edinburgh Council (Leith Links and Surplus Fire Fund) Bill Committee. Room 1

TBC Equal Opportunities Committee.

The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2014-15 (in private).

TBC European and External Relations Committee

The Committee will take evidence on European Union structural funds and consider the latest issue of the Brussels Bulletin.

TBC Justice Sub-Committee on Policing

The Sub-Committee will consider its work programme (in private).

Chamber:

1140 Parliamentary Bureau Motions

1140 General Questions

1200 First Minister's Questions

1230 Members' Business (Colin Keir): 100 Years of Conservation, Research and Education at Edinburgh Zoo

1400 Parliamentary Bureau Motions

1400 Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Independence Referendum Bill

Business Motions

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

1700 Decision Time

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