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Business Bulletin No. 47/2004

Monday 15 March 2004

Section C : Agendas of Committee Meetings

  

Audit Committee

16 March 2004

5th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 2 and 7 in private.

2. NHS Overview: The Committee will consider lines of questioning for the witnesses at agenda item 3.

3. NHS Overview: The Committee will take evidence from-

Professor James Barbour, Chief Executive, Lothian NHS Board; Mr John Matheson, Director of Finance, Lothian NHS Board; Mr Stuart Smith, Chair, NHS Lothian, University Hospitals Division; Mr David Bolton, Acting Chief Executive, NHS Lothian, University Hospitals Division.

4. NHS Overview: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 3 on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Overview of the NHS in Scotland" (AGS/2003/12).

5. Medical Equipment: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Better Equipped to Care? - follow-up report on managing medical equipment" (AGS/2004/2).

6. Individual Learning Accounts in Scotland: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to its 1st Report 2004 entitled "Individual Learning Accounts in Scotland".

7. Medical Equipment: The Committee will consider its approach to the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Better Equipped to Care? - follow-up report on managing medical equipment" (AGS/2004/2).

Procedures Committee

16 March 2004

5th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Guidance for Conveners: The Committee will consider draft Guidance and take evidence from-

Elizabeth Watson, Clerk to the Conveners' Group.

2. Non-Executive Bills: The Committee will consider a summary of evidence received and options for what system of prioritisation, if any, to recommend.

3. Bills - timescales and Stages: The Committee will consider a paper on Bills suitable for using as case studies in the inquiry and possible oral witnesses.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

16 March 2004

10th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following-

the Community Right to Buy (Definition of Excluded Land) (Scotland) Order 2004, (draft); and

the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Travel Notification Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (draft).

2. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following-

the Individual Learning Account (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/83);

the Road Works (Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/84);

the Parking Attendants (Wearing of Uniforms) (Dundee City Council Parking Area) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/85);

the Road Traffic (Parking Adjudicators) (Dundee City Council) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/86);

the Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Dundee City Council) Designation Order 2004, (SSI 2004/87);

the Private Hire Cars Drivers' Licences (Carrying of Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/88);

the Teachers' Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/89);

the Food for Particular Nutritional Uses (Addition of Substances for Nutritional Purposes) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/90);

the Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Areas and Rateable Value Limits) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2004, (SSI 2004/91);

the Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/92);

the Regulation of Care (Fees) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/93);

the Regulation of Care (Requirements as to Care Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/94);

the Regulation of Care (Applications and Provision of Advice) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2004, (SSI 2004/95);

the Regulation of Care (Registration and Registers) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/96);

the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/97);

the National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/98);

the National Health Service (Dental Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/101);

the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/102);

the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/103);

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/104);

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (Alteration of Housing Finance Arrangements) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/105);

the National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/106);

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (Payments out of Grants for Housing Support Services) Amendment Order 2004, (SSI 2004/108);

the Rural Stewardship Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/109);

the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/110);

the Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/111); and

the Countryside Premium Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/113).

3. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following-

the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Commencement No.5 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/100); and

the National Health Service Trusts (Dissolution) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/107).

Enterprise and Culture Committee

16 March 2004

9th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Broadband in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from-

Panel 1

Andrew Bruce-Wootton, Executive Committee Member, Scottish Estates Business Group;

Angus Armstrong, Managing Director, ADAC (Engineering Services) Ltd;

Dave Newman, Director, Plexus Media Ltd; and

Panel 2

Paul Cassidy, ICT Co-ordinator, Castlemilk Economic Development Agency;

Mark Cullens, Associate Principal, Glenrothes College;

on its inquiry on Broadband in Scotland.

2. Renewable Energy in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from-

Panel 1

Charles Davies, Director of Commercial Policy, National Grid Transco;

Dr Lewis Dale, Regulatory Strategy Manager, National Grid Transco; and

Panel 2

Angela Duignan, Project Development Manager, Baywind Renewable Energy Co-operative;

David Gordon, Chief Executive, Windsave Ltd;

on its inquiry on Renewable Energy in Scotland.

3. Investigation into Scottish football: The Committee will consider a paper on the appointment of a Committee Reporter to conduct an investigation into Scottish football.

European and External Relations Committee

16 March 2004

6th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Repatriation of European regional development funds and the UK Government's proposals - an Inquiry into the impact in Scotland: The Committee will hear evidence from-

Rt. Hon. Jim Wallace QC MSP, Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning; and

Diane McLafferty and Lynn Henni, European Structural Funds Division, Scottish Executive.

2. Promoting Scotland Worldwide - an Inquiry into the external relations policy, strategy and activities of the Scottish Executive: The Committee will hear from-

As a Panel (Academia)

Dr Alex Wright, University of Dundee;

Professor Michael Keating, University of Aberdeen and the European University Institute, Florence;

Dr Gregg Bucken-Knapp, University of Stirling and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden; and

Professor George Blazyca, University of Paisley.

3. Convener's report: The Convener will update the Committee on the-

Letter received from the Scottish Executive providing an analysis of the medium-term priorities of the European Union and the potential implications to Scotland;

Letter received from the Scottish Executive as a follow-up to the Finance Minister's recent evidence to the Committee on EU priorities;

Visit to the Catalan Parliament as part of a meeting of the network of Regional Parliamentary European Committees, 8 - 9 March 2004; and

Monthly report on the external relations activities in the Scottish Parliament.

4. Pre- and post-EU Council scrutiny: The Committee will discuss the agendas and information received from the Scottish Executive on the following meetings of the Council of the EU-

Forthcoming Councils

Justice and Home Affairs Council, 30 March 2004; and

Previous Councils

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 23-24 February 2004;

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 24 February 2004;

Education, Youth and Culture Committee, 26 February 2004.

5. Sift of EC/EU documents and draft legislation: The Committee will consider the latest list of EC/EU documents and draft legislative proposals received for this meeting.

Health Committee

16 March 2004

8th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: Tom McCabe MSP (Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care) to move motion S2M-1038-

that the Health Committee in consideration of the Draft Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2004 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2004 recommends that the Order be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments-

the Food (Chilli and Chilli Products) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/56);

the National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (Scotland) (Additional Voluntary Contributions) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/62); and

the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/66).

4. Members' Bills: The Committee will consider further action in relation to evidence.

Justice 1 Committee

16 March 2004

10th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1, to consider jointly, with the Justice 2 Committee, the following items:

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will receive a briefing from Professor Arthur Midwinter, adviser to the Finance Committee.

3. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will consider who to invite to give oral evidence on the budget process 2005-06.

Justice 2 Committee

16 March 2004

10th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1, to consider jointly, with the Justice 1 Committee, the following items:

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will receive a briefing from Professor Arthur Midwinter, adviser to the Finance Committee.

3. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will consider who to invite to give oral evidence on the budget process 2005-06.

Local Government and Transport Committee

16 March 2004

8th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments-

Motorways Traffic (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/53); and

A1 (East of Haddington to Dunbar) Special Road Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/54).

2. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will take evidence from-

Arthur Nicolls, Director of Technical Services, Stirling Council, (Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland); and

Hugh Murdoch, Head of Roads Management, Aberdeen City Council, (Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland).

3. Local Governance (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft stage 1 report.

Justice 2 Committee

16 March 2004

11th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.45 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Constitutional Reform Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Constitutional Reform Bill currently before the UK Parliament from-

Michael Clancy, Director of the Law Reform Department, and Gerard Brown, Convener of the Criminal Law Committee, the Law Society of Scotland;

Professor Hector MacQueen, University of Edinburgh; and

Colin Campbell QC, Dean and Roy Martin QC, Vice-Dean, the Faculty of Advocates.

2. Tenements (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider written evidence received and consider who to invite to give oral evidence on the Bill at Stage 1.

3. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider correspondence on the alleged unauthorised disclosure of information about its draft Stage 1 report on the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Education Committee

17 March 2004

9th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

1. Child Protection Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from-

Panel 1 Scottish Executive Children and Families Division

Sarah Smith, Head of Division;

Catherine Rainey, Manager for Child Protection Reform Programme;

Stella Perrot, Principal Professional Adviser;

Panel 2 Scottish Executive

Gill Ottley, Deputy Chief Social Work Inspector, Social Work Services Inspectorate;

Chris McIlroy, Acting HM Chief Inspector, HMIE;

Dr Linda De Caestecker, Head of Women and Children's Unit, Health Department; and

Panel 3 Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland

Deputy Chief Constable Robert Ovens, Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary;

Chief Inspector Kate Thomson, Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.

Communities Committee

17 March 2004

12th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall,

The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: Mary Mulligan MSP (Deputy Minister for Communities) to move the following motion-

S2M-901 Margaret Curran MSP: The draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2004-that the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2004 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument-

the Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contribution Limits (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/60).

4. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a paper by the clerks on the discussion of its Stage 1 report in sections of the media prior to its publication.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

17 March 2004

8th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Inquiry into the implementation of CAP Reform: The Committee will take evidence from-

Panel 1

John Kinnaird, President, NFU Scotland;

Becky Shaw, Crofting Environment Officer, Scottish Crofting Foundation;

Stewart Jamieson, Board Member, Scottish Organic Producers Association; and

Panel 2

Henry Graham;

Peter Cook, Retained Consultant, Scottish Agricultural College;

Dr Janet Dwyer, Reader in Rural Studies, University of Gloucestershire.

2. Renewable Energy in Scotland: The Committee will consider a paper from the Convener regarding the Enterprise and Culture Committee's inquiry into renewable energy in Scotland.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments-

the Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/55);

the Domestic Water and Sewerage Charges (Reduction) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/68);

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/70); and

the Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2004, (SSI 2004/81).

Justice 1 Committee

17 March 2004

11th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).

Public Petitions Committee

17 March 2004

5th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh

1. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions-

PE709: Inquiry into health aspects of Gulf War Syndrome. Alexander Izett will make a brief statement in support of this petition, accompanied by Professor Malcolm Hooper and Shaun Rusling.

PE717: Funding for organisations such as Independent Special Education Advice (Scotland). Steven Law will make a brief statement in support of this petition, accompanied by Lorraine Dilworth and Cathy Flynn.

PE714: Field Impairment Tests. Hugh Humphries will make a brief statement in support of this petition.

PE715: Funding for Scottish Opera.

PE708: Responses to the Scottish Parliament's requests for information.

PE711: Skye bridge tolls.

2. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions-

PE581 Proposed cull of hedgehogs.

PE609 Specialised treatment of eating disorders.

PE647 Promotion to the Scottish Premier League.

PE669 Promotion of anti-Semitism and gender equality in Scottish schools.

PE673 Consultative referendum on the European Union Constitutional Treaty.

PE674 Funding of services for motor neurone disease.

PE677 Promoting and Resourcing Safer Shopping Partnerships.

PE680 Disbanding the Scottish Environment Protection Agency Main Board.

 

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