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Wednesday 14 June 2000

Section A – Daily Business List



Meetings of Committees


All meetings take place in Committee Chambers, Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.


Education, Culture and Sport Committee

20th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Care Standards Bill: The Committee will discuss a memorandum from the Scottish Executive on the Care Standards Bill. The Minister for Children and Education will attend for this item.

2. Special Educational Needs Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from representatives of—

Capability Scotland

Craighalbert Centre

Donaldson’s College

and from—


3. MIke Tyson and the National Football Stadium: The Committee will discuss the written response from the Scottish Football Association regarding the staging of the fight at the National Football Stadium.

4. Negative Instrument: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

The Children (Protection at Work) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/149)

5. Update on Committee Business: The Committee will be updated on business in its current work programme.


Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee

22nd Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Items to be taken in private: The convener to move that items 3 and 4 be taken in private.

2. Petition: The committee will consider the following public petition—

PE195 by Cathleen Hanlon on behalf of Irvine Pensioners Action Group, calling for the Scottish Parliament to seek an inquiry into North Ayrshire Council’s decision to reduce full time warden cover in Sheltered Housing and to review and assess the warden service on a national basis.

3. Inquiry into Drug Misuse and Deprived Communities: The committee will consider its forward work programme on the inquiry into Drug Misuse and Deprived Communities.

4. Transport (Scotland) Bill: The committee will consider its input to the Transport (Scotland) Bill.

5. Housing Stock Transfer (in private): The committee will consider a further draft report on its inquiry into housing stock transfer.


Standards Committee

10th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Models of Investigation: Conclusion of inquiry.

2. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider applications for approval from Cross-Party Groups in the Scottish Parliament on:

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Strategic Rail Services in Scotland

3. Lobbying: Consideration of issues paper setting out the scope and particular elements of the inquiry.

4. Forward work programme

5. Register of Members' Staff Interests: consideration of draft report (It is anticipated that this item may be taken in private).


Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

16th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Highland Economic Situation: The Committee will take evidence on current economic difficulties facing parts of the Highlands (by video-conference) from—

Councillor David Green, Convenor, Highland Council

Mr Simon Cole-Hamilton, Director, Inverness and District Chamber of Commerce

Mr Alasdair Morrison MSP, Deputy Minister for the Highlands and Islands and Gaelic

2. Committee Inquiry on the Impact of the New Economy: The Committee will consider the arrangements for the scale and timing of the inquiry; a draft remit; and the appointment of an adviser.

3. Consideration of the Transport (Scotland) Bill (Stage 1): The Committee will take evidence on the economic impact of the Bill from—

Mr Matthew Farrow, CBI Scotland

Ms Jane Todd, Federation of Small Businesses

Mr Iain Duff, SCDI

Ms Tracey White, STUC


Health and Community Care Committee

17th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 10.45 am in The Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh

1. Petition: The Committee will consider petition PE 123 by The Scottish Warm Homes Campaign on fuel poverty

2. Community Care Inquiry: The Committee will consider whether to approve in principle expenses incurred by Northern Ireland representatives giving evidence to the Committee on 21 June 2000

3. Community Care Inquiry: The Committee will hear evidence from COSLA and the NHS Confederation


Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – The Reverend Iain Whyte, University Chaplain, The University of Edinburgh

followed by Stage 1 Debate on Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill—

S1M-983 Mr Jim Wallace: Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution on Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill—

S1M-930 Mr Jack McConnell: Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

(a) the expenditure of the Scottish Ministers under the Act; and

(b) increases attributable to the Act in expenditure payable out of that Fund by or under any other Act.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

debate on the subject of—

S1M-659 Robert Brown: Housing Needs of Disabled People—That the Parliament notes with concern the chronic shortfall of provision to meet the housing needs of disabled people and the lack of adequate information on the extent both of need and of provision; welcomes the forthcoming establishment by the Centre for Independent Living of the Disabled Persons Housing Service (DPHS) in Glasgow and Renfrewshire following the pioneering work of the DPHS in Edinburgh; and believes that the Scottish Executive, local authorities and voluntary groups should make the concept of independent living a reality for all disabled people, in particular by including a disabled audit in the proposed single seller survey, setting needs-related targets for the achievement of more barrier free housing, reviewing the building regulations to move to the standard of "stayability", encouraging fuller use for disabled people of housing with major disabled adaptations; supporting user-led DPHSs as equal partners in delivering these improvements and supporting adequate facilities and support for homeless disabled people.

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