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Scottish Parliament Business: Wednesday 13 March 2019

In Plenary

2:00pm: Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Portfolio Questions: Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity

Scottish Government debate: Year of young people 2018: a celebration, a chance and a change

Business Motions

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00pm: Decision time

Members’ Business: Liz Smith: Centenary of the death of Sir Hugh Munro

In Committee

Finance and Constitution Committee (9:30am, Room 6)
- Scottish VAT Assignment: Evidence in a roundtable format
Witnesses: Mark Taylor, Assistant Director, Audit Scotland, Charlotte Barbour, Director of Taxation, ICAS; John Cullinane, Tax Policy Director, Chartered Institute of Taxation; Professor Graeme Roy, Director, Fraser of Allander Institute, John Ireland, Chief Executive, Scottish Fiscal Commission and Dr Paul Mathews, Senior Analyst, Office for Budget Responsibility

-Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on The Budget (Scotland) Act 2018 Amendment Regulations 2019 [draft]
Witnesses: Kate Forbes, Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, and Scott Mackay, Head of Finance Co-ordination, Scottish Government.

-Subordinate legislation: Kate Forbes (Minsiter for Public Finance and Digital Economy) to move—S5M-16046—That the Finance and Constitution Committee recommends that The Budget (Scotland) Act 2018 Amendment Regulations 2019 [draft] be approved.

-Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on The Scottish Landfill Tax (Standard Rate and Lower Rate) Order 2019: SSI 2019/58
Witnesses: Kate Forbes, Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, and Ewan Cameron-Nielsen, Finance Directorate, Scottish Government.

-Subordinate legislation: Kate Forbes (Minister for Public Finance and Digitial Economy) to move—S5M-16045—That the Finance and Constitution Committee recommends that The Scottish Landfill Tax (Standard Rate and Lower Rate) Order 2019 be approved.

Local Government and Communities Committee (9:45am, Room 4)
-City region deals:
Witnesses: Nikki Bridle, Chief Executive, Clackmannanshire Council; Garry Dallas, Strategic Director of Place, Clackmannanshire Council, Carol Beattie, Interim Chief Executive, Stirling Council; Councillor Shona Haslam, Leader, Scottish Borders Council, representing Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal; Andy Nichol, Head of Programme Management Office, Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal; Karen Yeomans, Executive Director (Economy and Communities), North Ayrshire Council; Jim Valentine, Member, Management Group, Tay Cities Deal.

-Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill: In advance of consideration of Stage 2 amendments on the Bill, the Committee will take evidence on proposals in relation to adjusting the Minimum Income Standard
Witnesses: Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, Anne Cornelius, Fuel Poverty Bill Team Leader, and Allie Clarkson, Statistician, Scottish Government.

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee (10:00am, Room 2)
European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018: The Committee will consider whether the following instruments have been laid under the appropriate procedure:

- The Seed and Propagating Material (EU Exit) (Scotland)(Amendment) Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/59)
- The Genetically Modified Organisms (EU Exit)(Scotland)(Amendment) Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/57)
- The Common Agricultural Policy (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment)Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/60)
- The Fisheries (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) (No.2)Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/69)
- The Animal Health (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations2019 (SSI 2019/71)
­- The Agriculture Market Measures (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment)Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/73)

Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Plant Health (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2019 [draft] and Forestry (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2019 [draft]
Witnesses: Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, John Speirs, Senior Policy Adviser, Stewart Snape, EU Exit Manager, Forestry Commission Scotland, Lindsay Anderson, Solicitor, and Elizabeth Rutherford, Solicitor, Scottish Government.

Subordinate legislation: Fergus Ewing (Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy) to move—S5M-15962—That the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee recommends that the Plant Health (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2019 [draft] be approved.

Subordinate legislation: Fergus Ewing (Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy) to move—S5M-15963—That the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee recommends that the Forestry (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2019 [draft] be approved.

Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Forestry(Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 [draft] and Forestry and LandManagement (Scotland) Act 2018 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2019[draft]
Witnesses: Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Catherine Murdoch, Forestry Devolution Team, Gail Rogerson, Scottish Forestry Legislation Development Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland, Lindsay Anderson, Solicitor, and Morven Davidson, Solicitor, Scottish Government.

Subordinate legislation: Fergus Ewing (Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy) to move—S5M-15923—That the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee recommends that the Forestry (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 [draft] be approved.

Subordinate legislation: Fergus Ewing (Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy) to move—S5M-15922—That the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee recommends that the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act 2018 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2019 [draft] be approved.

Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments:
The Felling (Scotland) Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/49) The Scotland Act 1998 (Specification ofFunctions and Transfer of Property etc.) Order 2019 (SSI 2019/183)
The Seed and Propagating Material (EU Exit)(Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/59)
The Genetically Modified Organisms (EU Exit)(Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/57)
The Common Agricultural Policy (EU Exit) (Scotland)(Amendment) Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/60)
The Fisheries (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/69)
The Animal Health (EU Exit) (Scotland) (Amendment)Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/71)
The Agriculture Market Measures (EU Exit) (Scotland)(Amendment) Regulations 2019 (SSI 2019/73)

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