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   Policy and Info TeamUNISONScotland Policy and Information Team

ISSUE 254 13 March 2007




Wednesday 14 March 2007

  • 2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
  • Stage 3 Proceedings: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition)(Scotland)Bill
  • 2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions
  • Final Stage: Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill
  • Standards and Public Appointments Committee Debate: 2nd Report 2007, Code of Conduct
  • Business Motion
  • Parliamentary Bureau Motions
  • 5.00pm Decision Time
  • Members' Business: Rob Gibson: Success of Scots Trad Music Awards 2006

Thursday 15 March 2007

  • 9.15am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

  • Stage 3 Proceedings: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill
  • 11.40am General Question Time

  • 12 noon First Minister's Question Time
  • 2.15pm Themed Question Time Health and Community Care: Environment and Rural Development
  • 2.55pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill
  • Parliamentary Bureau Motions

  • 5.00pm Decision Time
  • Members' Business: Mr Jamie McGrigor: Rum's Red Deer



he following Committees will meet on Tuesday 13 March 2007

Enterprise and Culture Committee

  • Sport 21 the national strategy for sport in Scotland and sports policy: The Committee will take evidence from various parties

European and External Relations Committee

  • Scottish Executive's current EU priorities: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Executive's EU priorities for 2007 from Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform

Communities Committee

  • Draft Scottish Planning Policy: The Committee will take evidence on draft Scottish Planning Policy 10: Planning for Waste Management from Des McNulty MSP, Deputy Minister for Communities



Recent Scottish Executive Announcements
Contact the P&I Team for Full Details.

Commonwealth Day 2007: First Minister says 2014 Games in Glasgow can be something 'really special'.

Scottish Tourism Week: Target is to increase tourism revenues by 50 per cent by 2015.

Planning with people: New advice on community engagement.

Scotland leading the way on patient safety: Hospitals across the country to take part in world-leading programme to improve patient safety.

Strategy for an ageing population: Long term planning applied to the future challenge of Scotland's changing demographics.

Excellence in Planning Awards: Energy efficient development in Campbeltown succeeds in becoming 2007's overall winner.

International Women's Day: Gender equality duty to come into force in April.

Report highlights progress on climate change: Publication of first annual report on Scotland's Climate Change Programme.

Any Comments?

The Scottish Executive is currently consulting on a range of issues that are of interest to UNISON Scotland. Relevant Policy Pools and Service Groups have been informed of the consultations, however, if members or branches have any additional comments or points to make, please forward them to the Policy and Information Team : d.watson@unison.co.uk or tel: 0845 355 0845.

Please note the deadlines for consultations listed are those set by the Scottish Executive, therefore if you want your comments included in any UNISON response we have to have them at least a week before.

Education European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET)

The European Credit System for Vocation Education and Training (ECVET) is a new proposal from the European Commission designed to facilitate the transfer, accumulation and recognition of learning outcomes...

Deadline: 15/03/2007

Education A Strategy for Scotland's Languages

In A Partnership for a Better Scotland Scottish Ministers gave the commitment to introduce a national language strategy to guide the development and support of Scotland's languages, including British Sign Language and other minority languages...

Deadline: 19/03/2007

Getting it right for every child: Draft Children's Services Scotland Bill Consultation

A draft Bill intended to support the implementation of Getting it right for every child, which is the programme for change that will revolutionise services for children.

Deadline: 31/03/2007

Draft Culture (Scotland) Bill

In January 2006, the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Patricia Ferguson MSP, announced the Scottish Executive's new cultural policy, Scotland's Culture...

Deadline; 31/3/2007

Environment What is sustainable flood management?

This consultation seeks responses on proposals for defining, implementing and measuring sustainable flood management.

Deadline: 17/05/2007

Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration Strategy for Scotland - Draft for Consultation

The Executive intends to consult on the draft Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration Strategy for Scotland which sets out the Executive's aims for improving energy efficiency and encouraging greater uptake of microgeneration...

Deadline: 11/06/2007


For further information (UNISON members only) please contact Policy & Information Team

Contact: Aileen Ward - a.ward@unison.co.uk @ the P&I Team 14 West Campbell St Glasgow G26RX Tel 0845 355 0845 Fax 0141 221 8953


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