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BUSINESS BULLETIN 143 / 2000

Monday 25 September 2000

Section C – Agendas of Committee Meetings

 

  

Equal Opportunities Committee

26 September 2000

19th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Item in private: The Convener will move that item 2 be taken in private

2. Travelling People and Public Sector Policies Inquiry: The Committee will consider the appointment of an adviser

3. Single-sex schools: The Committee will consider the issue of single-sex schools, with reference to Notre Dame High School

4. Legislation: The Committee will consider how it wishes to scrutinise legislation with reference to guidelines on Equal Opportunities proofing

5. Consultations: The Committee will consider its views on ‘Better Homes for Scotland’s Communities: The Executive’s proposals for the Housing Bill’

6. IDEAL Training: The Committee will consider recent correspondence and information received from IDEAL Training

7. Reporters: The Committee will hear updates from those reporters who have progress to update the Committee on since the last meeting.

Standards Committee

26 September 2000

14th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Lobbying: The Committee will consider an issues paper.

2. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider a paper detailing Cross-Party Groups which have been approved by the Committee and those which have been referred back to their conveners for further clarification .The Committee will also consider applications for approval from Cross-Party Groups in the Scottish Parliament on:

CND

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

3. Standards Adviser: The Committee will consider a paper setting details of the working arrangements to be adopted in implementing the temporary Adviser’s role and remit.

4. Register of Staff Interests: The Committee will consider a draft motion for debate at a meeting of the Parliament.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

26 September 2000

27th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 11.15 am in Committee Room 3

1. Executive Responses: The Committee will consider the responses from the Scottish Executive to points raised on the following instruments—

The Food Irradiation Provisions (Scotland) Regulations 2000, (SSI 2000/309)

Act of Sederunt (Evidence of Judgements etc.) (Human Rights Act 1998) 2000, (SSI 2000/314)

2. Draft Affirmative Instruments: The Committee will consider the following instrument—

The Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values) (Scotland) (No.2) Order 2000, (SSI 2000/draft)

3. Instruments not laid before the Parliament:

Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules Amendment No.2) (Human Rights Act 1998) 2000, (SSI 2000/315)

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No.6) (Human Rights Act 1998) 2000, (SSI 2000/316)

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No.5) (Public Interest Intervention in Judicial Review) 2000, (SSI 2000/317)

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No.4) (Applications under s.1 of the Administration of Justice (Scotland) Act 1972) 2000, (SSI 2000/319)

The Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 (Commencement No.2) (Scotland) Order 2000, (SSI 2000/322)

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

26 September 2000

21st Meeting, 2000

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

1. Inquiry into Governance of Scottish Qualifications Authority: The Committee will take evidence from members of the SQA board.

2. Inquiry into Governance of Scottish Qualifications Authority: The Committee will take evidence from Ron Tuck, former chief executive of the SQA.:

3. Inquiry into Governance of Scottish Qualifications Authority: The Committee will take evidence from Scottish Executive Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Department officials, particularly concerning liaison meetings between the Department and the SQA:

 

Local Government Committee

26 September 2000

26th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Inquiry into local government finance (in private): The Committee will consider proposals for detailed terms of reference

Public Petitions Committee

26 September 2000

14th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. New Petitions: Consideration of new petitions

2. Current Petitions: Consideration of current petitions

3. Convener's Report

Rural Affairs Committee

26 September 2000

26th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in The Hub

1. Stage 2 of the Budget 2001/2002: The Committee will consider an Executive response to its report on the first stage, and a SPICe note on spending proposals

2. Proposed Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider further details of the Executive’s consultations and a proposed programme for a stage 1 inquiry.

3. Petitions: The Committee will consider PE63: on increased resources for agri-environment schemes, and PE96: on sea cage fish farming.

4. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following instruments under the negative procedure—

The Prohibition of Fishing with Multiple Trawls (Scotland) Order 2000 SSI 2000/226

The Farm Woodland Premium Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/290)

The Beet Seeds (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/246)

The Fodder Plant Seeds (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/247)

The Cereal Seeds (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/248)

The Oil and Fibre Plant Seeds (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/249)

The Vegetable Seeds (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/250)

Education, Culture and Sport Committee

27 September 2000

27th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Item to be taken in private: The Convener will propose that item 2 be taken in private.

2. School Exams Inquiry: The Committee will consider lines of questioning to witnesses.

at approximately 10.00 am

3. School Exams Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from:

The Scottish Executive Education Department

David Elliot, former Director of Awards, SQA

Jack Grieg, former Director of Operations, SQA

Ron Tuck, former Chief Executive, SQA

4. Update of Committee business: The Committee will be updated on business in its current work programme.

Health and Community Care Committee

27 September 2000

22nd Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 2,3 and 4 in private

2. Committee Procedures: The Committee will review its procedures for dealing with business and its forward workplan

3. Arbuthnott Report: The Committee will consider the response from the Scottish Executive

4. Influenza Vaccination Report: The Committee will the consider the report by Dr Richard Simpson, Reporter to the Committee

5. Budget: The Committee will consider the current position

6. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

The Meat (Disease Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/288)

The General Medical Council (Legal Assessors) Amendment (Scotland) Rules 2000 (SSI 2000/308)

The Food Irradiation Provisions (Scotland) Regulations (SSI 2000/309)

7. Contacts Report: : The Committee will consider a report on contacts from outside organisations

8. Community Care Inquiry: The Committee will consider travelling expenses for witnesses

Justice and Home Affairs Committee

27 September 2000

29th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, the Mound, Edinburgh

1. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 7 in private, and whether to consider a draft report on the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill in private at its meeting on 4 October.

2. Lord Advocate and Solicitor General: The Committee will take evidence on the Crown Office’s recent performance and future plans, and on Stage 2 of the budget process 2001-02, from—

Colin Boyd QC, the Lord Advocate, and Neil Davidson QC, Solicitor General for Scotland.

3. Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on enforcement aspects of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Allan Murray, Director, Simon Hart, Campaigns Director, Peter Watson, Solicitor and Paul Cullen QC, Scottish Countryside Alliance.

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

The Human Rights Act 1998 (Jurisdiction) (Scotland) (Rules) 2000 (SS1 2000/301).

5. Domestic Violence: Maureen MacMillan will report on her recent meetings with the Minster for Justice and the Deputy Minister for Communities.

6. Petition: The Committee will consider written evidence on petition PE102 by James Ward received from—

the Accountant in Bankruptcy;

the Law Society of Scotland;

Money Advice Scotland.

7. Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its response to evidence taken on the Bill.

Transport and the Environment Committee

27 September 2000

22nd Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh

1. Genetically Modified Organisms (in private): The Committee will consider possible areas of questioning for witnesses on the issue of genetically modified organisms.

Not before 10.00 am

2. Genetically Modified Organisms: The Committee will take evidence as part of its inquiry into genetically modified organisms—

Dr Paul Burrows and Professor Alan Gray, Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE)

Professor Malcolm Grant and Professor Jeff Maxwell, Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission (AEBC)

The Minister for Transport and the Environment

3. Public Petition: The Committee will consider the following public petitions:

Petition PE16 by Jimmy Oswald calling for urgent action to reverse the decline of the Capercaillie in Scotland

Petition PE33 by Mr Stuart Crawford calling for the clearance of litter and rubbish from roadsides and other public areas.

Petition PE39 by Mr George B Anderson calling for the Scottish Parliament to debate Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act, 1990, with a view to making the serving of fixed penalty fines in relation to litter offenders mandatory.

Petition PE96 by Mr Allan Berry calling for the Scottish Parliament to hold an independent and public inquiry into the adverse environmental effects of sea cage fish farming, and the regulatory failure to both recognise and prevent significant damage to our natural heritage, the environment and other interests dependent on the integrity of our Scottish coastal waters.

Petition PE132 by by D. W. R Whittet calling for the Scottish Parliament to introduce legislation streamlining the planning system and change other aspects of the planning system and associated procedures within Scotland.

Petition PE154 by Dr Joanne Beaumont on behalf of Hillhead Primary School Board and School calling for the Scottish Parliament to intervene to overturn the decisions of Glasgow City Council concerning 7 and 8 Alfred Terrace, Glasgow G12.

Petition PE156 by Mrs Jean Charsley on behalf of Hillhead Community Council calling for the Scottish Parliament to intervene to overturn the decisions of Glasgow City Council concerning 7 and 8 Alfred Terrace, Glasgow G12.

Petition PE207 by Mr Gordon Clyde Ford on behalf of the Mearns Community Council calling for the Scottish Parliament to introduce a more public friendly planning system by granting objectors to a development exactly the same rights as the developers.

4. Transport (Scotland) Bill: The Convener will move—

That the Transport and the Environment Committee consider the Transport (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 in the following order: Parts 1 to 5; and that each schedule is considered immediately after the section that introduces it.

Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee

27 September 2000

30th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Questions for witnesses (in private): The Committee will consider its questions for CoSLA and Scottish Homes.

2. Items to be taken in private: Convener to move that items at the Committee’s next meeting on questions for witnesses be taken in private.

3. Family Homes and Homelessness (Scotland) Bill (Stage 1), Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill (Stage 1) and Better Homes for Scotland's Communities (The Executive's proposals for the Housing Bill): The Committee will take evidence from CoSLA from—

Councillor Michael McGlyn, Housing Spokesperson, CoSLA

Mark Turley, Director of Housing, City of Edinburgh Council

Fanchea Kelly, Housing Bill Adviser, CoSLA

The Committee will take evidence from Scottish Homes from—

Hugh Hall, Director of Strategy

John Ward, Chairperson

Pat Bagot, Policy and Practice Manager

  
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