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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.

Justice 1 Committee
48th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 6

1. Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 of the Bill from—

Phyllis Craig, Clydeside Action on Asbestos;
Tommy Gorman, Clydebank Asbestos Group; and
Ian Babbs, Asbestos Action Tayside

and then from—

Frank Maguire, Thompsons Solicitors; and
Ronald Conway, Bonar and Co. Solicitors

and then from—

Lisa Marie Williams, Association of British Insurers;
David Taylor, Forum of Insurance Lawyers; and
Ian Johnston, Forum of Scottish Claims Managers.

2. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2006, (SSI 2006/539).

Environment and Rural Development Committee
35th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Public petition: The Committee will consider petition PE941 from Frank Buckley, on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Salmon and Sea Trout, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to ensure greater protection for the rivers, streams and lochs of Scotland, such as Loch Broom and the River Gruinard, from fish farms developments.

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

the EC Fertilisers (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/543);

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/548);

the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Third Party Representations etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/553); and

the Water Environment (Relevant Enactments) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/554).

Not before 11.30am—

3. EU Issues: The Committee will take evidence on EU issues, principally the December 2006 meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council and the rural development programme, from—

Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development, Andrew Mackie, Environment Group, Ingrid Clayden, Rural Group, and Frank Strang, Sea Fisheries Conservation Division, Scottish Executive.

Communities Committee
33rd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 11.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private and whether to consider its draft Stage 1 report on the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill in private at future meetings.

2. Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill from Hugh Henry MSP, Minister for Education and Young People.

3. Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to its Stage 1 report.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev John MM Lafferty, Stevenston

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Civic Participation – Trade Union Engagement with Scotland’s Civic Society—

S2M-5269 Ms Margaret Curran: Civic Participation - Trade Union Engagement with Scotland’s Civic Society—That the Parliament recognises the strength and constructive nature of its partnership with civic Scotland; recalls that this began in the Constitutional Convention when a wide range of civic organisations, including trade unions, came together with the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties to develop the blueprint for devolution; notes that this partnership is evolving as the Parliament and civic society work together to achieve social justice, and acknowledges the importance of the Executive working in partnership with organisations such as the Scottish Trades Union Congress, other non-governmental organisations and civic partners in Scotland.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S2M-5269.1 Bill Aitken: Civic Participation - Trade Union Engagement with Scotland’s Civic Society—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5269) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, leave out from "its" to end and insert "a partnership with civic Scotland, but stresses that such a partnership should be on as wide a basis as possible including the private sector and business and enterprise groups in order that a more balanced approach be taken towards the governance of Scotland and the achievement of social justice."

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate: Council Tax—

S2M-5258 Miss Annabel Goldie: Council Tax—That the Parliament notes the recommendations of the Independent Local Government Finance Review Committee report but opposes its central recommendation of a "local property tax"; agrees that the 60% increase in council tax levels since Labour came to power has left those on low incomes struggling to pay their council tax bills, especially our pensioner households, and therefore calls for a 50% discount on council tax for all pensioner households aged 65 and over in Scotland, as proposed by the Scottish Conservatives.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-5258.3 George Lyon: Council Tax—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5258) in the name of Miss Annabel Goldie, leave out from "the recommendations" to end and insert "that the Scottish Executive established the independent inquiry into local government finance consistent with the Partnership Agreement of May 2003; notes that individuals and political parties made representations to this inquiry which published its findings in November 2006, and notes that the Executive will consider the report in its entirety and will respond to the committee’s findings in due course."

S2M-5258.1 Mr John Swinney: Council Tax—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5258) in the name of Miss Annabel Goldie, leave out from "a 50% discount" to end and insert "the council tax to be abolished and replaced by a local income tax based on the ability to pay."

followed by Business Motions—

S2M-5281 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 7 December 2006—

after,

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill

delete,

followed by Executive Debate: Fisheries

S2M-5282 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 13 December 2006

2.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Local Government Finance Settlement 2007-08

followed by Executive Debate: Fisheries

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 14 December 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill

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 Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 20 December 2006

10.00 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Equal Opportunities Committee Debate: 2nd Report 2006, Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities

2.00 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Finance Committee Debate: 7th Report 2006, Inquiry into Accountability and Governance

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

followed by Justice 2 Committee Motion – Civil Appeals (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 21 December 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Service and Communities

2.55 pm Finance Committee Debate: Stage 2 of the 2007-08 Budget Process

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: 6th Report 2006, Public Bills and Substitution; 7th Report 2006, Members’ Interests (Parliamentary Determinations and Resolutions); 8th Report 2006, Consolidation Bill Procedure; 9th Report 2006, Rule 10.3.2 (the "20-day rule")

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S2M-5274 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 19 January 2007.

S2M-5275 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 22 December 2006.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-5283 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Decision Time—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 20 December 2006 shall begin at 5.30 pm.

S2M-5276 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Amendment Order 2006 be approved.

S2M-5277 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Registration Services (Consequential Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

S2M-5278 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Alasdair Morrison be appointed to replace Janis Hughes as the Labour Party substitute on the Finance Committee.

S2M-5279 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Marilyn Livingstone be appointed to replace Ms Wendy Alexander as the Labour Party substitute on the European and External Relations Committee.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-4876 Mr John Swinney: Threat to the Rural Post Office Network in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the public concern over the future of the rural post office network in Perthshire, Angus and other parts of rural Scotland; notes that the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provides a subsidy to the rural post office network in Scotland that is scheduled to be removed in 18 months’ time; notes that, while the DTI provides this subsidy, other UK government departments such as the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Transport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are taking decisions that reduce the volume and value of transactions that can be undertaken at post offices, thereby damaging the profitability of these post offices; recognises that if the rural post office network is not supported there will be severe economic loss and loss of amenity in countless communities in Perthshire, Angus and rural Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should make representations to the UK Government to provide a stable level of support that guarantees the viability of the rural post office network.

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