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Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Communities Committee
26th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 6).

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

the Race Relations Act 1976 (Statutory Duties) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/467).

4. Budget process 2007-08: The Committee will consider its approach to the budget process 2007-2008.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
28th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Andrew Grant, Independent Veterinary Consultant, Fish Veterinary Society; and

Professor Sheila Crispin, President, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons;

and then from—

Andy Rosie, Area Manager for Highlands, Islands and Argyll and Bute, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA);

Ian Pritchard, Head of Scottish Marine Estate, the Crown Estate; and

Dr Ron Stagg, Deputy Chief Executive, Fisheries Research Service;

and then from—

George Hamilton, Natural Resources Manager, the Highland Council;

Peter Middleton, Fisheries and Marine Resources Officer, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar; and

Audrey Martin, Senior Planning/Development Officer, Argyll and Bute Council;

and then from—

Doug MacLeod, Chairman, Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers;

Sid Patten, Chief Executive, Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation;

Richard Slaski, Executive Director, Federation of Scottish Aquaculture Producers; and

Angus MacMillan, West Minch Salmon Ltd, organic salmon producer.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

the Water Services and Sewerage Services Licences (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/464); and

the Environmental Noise (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/465).

Education Committee
20th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 5

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Social Work Inspections (Scotland) Regulations 2006 from—

Robert Brown MSP, Deputy Minister for Education and Young People; and

Bill Ellis, Social Work Services Policy Division, Scottish Executive.

2. Subordinate legislation: Robert Brown MSP, Deputy Minister for Education and Young People to move S2M-4886—

Peter Peacock: The Draft Social Work Inspections (Scotland) Regulations 2006That the Education Committee recommends that the draft Social Work Inspections (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved.

3. Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1)

Justice 1 Committee
36th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Public Petitions Committee
16th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

PE985 Palestine – elections, sanctions and spokesperson. Sofiah MacLeod, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of the petition.

PE999 Review of the school clothing grant system. Jim Milne, Dundee Anti-Poverty Forum, will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Caroline Morrison.

PE983 To ban the use of microchip implants on young people in Scotland.

PE984 Complaints regarding vigorous growing trees, hedges, shrubs, vines or other plants.

PE982 Proposed ship to ship transfer of oil in the Forth Estuary.

PE993 Statutory requirement to provide religious observance in Scottish schools.

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

PE863 Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE930 Scottish Public Service Ombudsman’s Act. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Public Service Ombudsman, Audit Scotland, Unison and the Scottish Executive.

PE932 Supporting People Funding. The Committee will consider responses from Shelter, Consumer Care Providers Scotland, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, the Care Commission, COSLA and the Scottish Executive.

PE934 Traffic Orders (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 1999. The Committee will consider responses from Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Executive.

PE825 Provision of school lockers. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE936 Siting of oil depots. The Committee will consider responses from United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association Limited, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Health Protection Scotland, Health & Safety Executive, COSLA and the Scottish Executive.

PE938 Public Consultation - health services. The Committee will consider responses from the Consumer Council, Citizens Advice Scotland, the Scottish Health Council and the Scottish Executive.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Leith Fisher, Wellington Church, Glasgow

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Environment and Rural Development Committee Debate – 8th Report 2006, Report on an Inquiry into the Food Supply Chain—

S2M-4884 Sarah Boyack on behalf of the Environment and Rural Development Committee: Report on an Inquiry into the Food Supply Chain—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Environment and Rural Development Committee’s 8th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on an Inquiry into the Food Supply Chain (SP Paper 595).

followed by European and External Relations Committee Debate – 3rd Report 2006, Report on an Inquiry into Possible Co-operation Between Scotland and Ireland—

S2M-4899 Dennis Canavan on behalf of the European and External Relations Committee: Report on an Inquiry into Possible Co-operation between Scotland and Ireland—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the European and External Relations Committee’s 3rd Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on an Inquiry into Possible Co-operation between Scotland and Ireland (SP Paper 607).

followed by Business Motions—

S2M-4907 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 October 2006

9:00 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Education Committee Debate – 7th Report 2006, Early Years

followed by Local Government and Transport Committee Debate – 10th Report 2006, Report on Inquiry into Freight Transport in Scotland

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Tourists Boards (Scotland) Bill

followed by Independents’ Group Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 26 October 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Green Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;
Environment and Rural Development;

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Coastal and Marine National Parks

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 1 November 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 2 November 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;
Justice and Law Officers;

2.55 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S2M-4908 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 19 January 2007.

S2M-4909 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the St Andrew’s Day Public Holiday (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 17 November 2006.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-4910 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

S2M-4911 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

S2M-4912 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Communities Committee be designated as the lead committee in consideration of the Education (School Meals etc.) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

S2M-4913 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Construction Contracts (Scotland) Exclusion Amendment Order 2006 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-4843 Cathie Craigie: No Need to Shout...Just Learn to Sign!—That the Parliament notes Learn to Sign Week from 2 to 8 October 2006; commends the work of the British Deaf Association and supports its objective of building a nation where British Sign Language (BSL), with its Scottish dialect, is a shared communication medium for both deaf and hearing communities; welcomes its 2006 UK-wide campaign, "No need to shout...just learn to sign!", which aims to encourage people to learn BSL; applauds the work of the Scottish Deaf Association (SDA) in raising awareness of deaf issues in our schools, further education establishments and workplaces, and considers that the Scottish Executive should be encouraged to support the efforts of the SDA.

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