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B: Business Programme
C: Committee Agendas
E: Written questions
F: Motions and Amendments
G: Bills
H: New Documents
I: Petitions lodged
K: Progress of Parliamentary business

 

Business Bulletin No. 175/2002

Monday 2 December 2002

Section C : Agendas of Committee Meetings

  

Procedures Committee

3 December 2002

17th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 9.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Consultative Steering Group Inquiry: The Committee will continue consideration of an issues paper on power sharing.

Public Petitions Committee

3 December 2002

18th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

PE567: Public bus services in rural communities. Mr Rab Amos (Roslin Bus Action Group) will make a presentation in support of this petition.

PE569: Proposal for the re-regulation of bus services. Mr David Cox will make a presentation in support of this petition.

PE534: The use of doctors’ reports in court actions. Mr Duncan Shields (Fathers Fighting Injustice and the International Men’s Organisation) will make a presentation in support of this petition.

PE559: Wind farm development in Scotland. Mr Ben Palmer will make a presentation in support of this petition.

PE564: National strategy for wind farms in Scotland. Mr W. R Graham will make a presentation in support of this petition.

PE565: Welfare of minors under Scottish law. Miss Jacqueline Shields will make a presentation in support of this petition.

PE571: Implementation of Complementary Alternative Medicine.

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

PE503: Proposal to ban smoking in public places.

PE513: Future of rural sub post offices.

PE542: Support for the Post Office network in Scotland.

PE544: Proposal for an inquiry into the operations of the Scottish Criminal Records Office in relation to fingerprint identifications.

3. Inadmissible Petitions: The Committee will be invited to agree the recommendations contained in a paper on inadmissible petitions.

4. Convener's report.

Equal Opportunities Committee

3 December 2002

19th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

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

2. 2003 European Year of People with Disabilities: The Committee will hear evidence from —

Scottish Steering Group for the European Year of Disabled People.

3. Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

Finance Committee

3 December 2002

24th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interest: The new Committee member will be invited to make a declaration of any relevant interest.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose a new Convener.

3. Cross-cutting reviews: The Committee will consider a paper on the handling of the cross-cutting reviews.

4. ACPAC Conference: The Committee will consider an invitation for the Convener to attend the Conference in February.

5. Budget process 2003-04 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report at Stage 2.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

3 December 2002

34th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 11.15 am in Committee Room 3

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the response from the Scottish Executive to points raised on the following Bill—

Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

2. Executive responses: The Committee will consider the response from the Executive to points raised on the following instrument—

The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002 (Commencement) (Scotland) Order 2002, (SSI 2002/512).

3. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cash Searches: Constables in Scotland: Code of Practice) Order 2002, (draft).

4. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2002, (SSI 2002/515)

The Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/518)

The Seeds (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/520)

The Taxi Drivers’ Licences (Carrying of Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/521)

The Scottish Local Government Elections Amendment Rules 2002, (SSI 2002/522).

5. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Messengers-At-Arms) 2002, (SSI 2002/513)

Act of Sederunt (Rules of Court of Session Amendment No.2) (Applications under the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Act 2001) 2002, (SSI 2002/514)

Act of Sederunt (Summary Cause Rules) (Amendment) 2002, (SSI 2002/516)

Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules Amendment No.4) (Extradition) 2002, (SSI 2002/517)

The Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Act 2002 (Commencement) Order 2002, (SSI 2002/519).

Education, Culture and Sport Committee

3 December 2002

31st Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

2. Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

3. Scottish Media Group: The Committee will consider correspondence with the Scottish Media Group on the proposed sale of newspapers within its ownership.

4. Purposes of Scottish Education: The Committee will consider a draft report.

European Committee

3 December 2002

15th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in the Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh

1. Europe's Employment Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility: an Inquiry into the Scottish Model: The Committee will hear evidence from—

Professor Ronald McQuaid, Employment Research Institute, Napier University

Concillor Willie Dunn, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

2. Pre- and Post-European Council, Council of the EU, Joint Ministerial Committee and MINECOR Scrutiny: The Committee will consider the following agendas and briefings submitted by the Scottish Executive—

Pre-Council Briefing:

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 9-10 December

Environment Council, 9-10 December

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 16-19 December

Justice and Home Affairs Council, 20 December

Post-Council Briefing:

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 18-19 November

Competitiveness Council, 14-15 November

Executive correspondence:

Letter received from the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice regarding comments made by the Committee on the General Affairs and External Relations Council and Justice and Home Affairs Council meetings in October 2002.

3. Implementation of EC/EU obligations in Scotland: The Committee will consider the letter received from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

4. Convener's report: The Convener will update the Committee on the —

Initial overview of the plans and priorities for the Greek Presidency of the European Union (January to June 2003)

Letter received from Maureen Macmillan MSP on the request for a change in EC fish regulations regarding Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia (VHS)

European Commissions's online consultation on animal protection during transport

Report by Helen Eadie MSP on the recent meeting of the Scottish European Structural Fund Forum.

5. Sift of EC/EU documents: The Committee will consider the list of EC/EU documents received for this meeting.

Justice 2 Committee

3 December 2002

46th Meeting, 2002

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

1. Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on stage 2 amendments relating to wildlife crime from—

Lloyd Austin, Head of Policy Operations, Scotland and Dave Dick, Senior Investigations Officer, Scotland, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Libby Anderson, Parliamentary Officer and Mike Flynn, Superintendent, Operations Support, Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA);

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Gordon and Alan Stewart, Wildlife & Environment Officer, Tayside Police.

2. Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on stage 2 amendments relating to offences aggravated by religious prejudice from—

Assistant Chief Constable John McLean, Strathclyde Police, ACPOS;

Cara Henderson, Trustee and Founder and Peter McLean, Trustee, Nil by Mouth.

 

Local Government Committee

3 December 2002

31st Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 6 and 7 in private.

2. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

The Scottish Local Government Elections Regulations 2002 (draft).

4. Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (day 1).

5. Allotments Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Peter Peacock, MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services;

Sarah Morrell, Head of Branch, Local Government Constitution and Governance Division, Scottish Executive;

Heather Aitken, Policy Officer, Local Government Constitution and Governance Division, Scottish Executive.

6. Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

7. Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Rural Development Committee

3 December 2002

31st Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private.

2. Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Robin Harper MSP.

3. Organic Farming Targets (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Alex Telfer, former Chair, Scottish Organic Producers' Association

Patrick Holden, Director, The Soil Association

Dr Nicolas Lampkin, Organic Centre Wales

David Younie, Scottish Agricultural College

Drew Ratter, Crofters' Commission

Peter Stuart, Vice-President, NFU Scotland

Kevin Hawkins, Deputy Chairman Scottish Retail Consortium

Jan Polley, Director of Industry Development, Quality Meat Scotland.

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

The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/489).

5. Witness expenses: The Committee will consider a claim under the witness expenses scheme.

6. Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Justice 1 Committee

3 December 2002

41st Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 3.30 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to discuss agenda item 2 in private.

2. Prisons: The Committee will discuss lines of questioning for the witnesses.

3. Convener's report: The Committee will consider the Convener’s report.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following statutory instrument—

the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Regulations 2002, (SSI 2002/494).

5. Prisons: The Committee will take evidence from—

Clive Fairweather, former HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Rod McCowan, Deputy HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Michael Crossan, Inspector of Prisons, HM Prisons Inspectorate and Dr Nancy Loucks, independent criminologist.

Transport and the Environment Committee

4 December 2002

34th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 9.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Declarations of interests: The Convener will invite the new member of the Committee to declare any relevant interests.

2. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 4 and 6 in private.

3. Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 4).

4. Cairngorms National Park (Draft Orders): The Committee will consider possible lines of questioning for witnesses.

5. Cairngorms National Park (Draft Orders): The Committee will take evidence from–

Alan Garvey, Head of Planning, Policy and Environment, Aberdeenshire Council

Councillor Sandy Park, Chairman, Planning, Development, Europe and Tourism Committee, Highland Council

Robin Pellew, Chairman, National Trust for Scotland

Graham U’ren, Director, Royal Town and Planning Institute in Scotland

6. Cairngorms National Park (Draft Orders): The Committee will consider a draft response to the Rural Development Committee on the orders.

Justice 2 Committee

4 December 2002

47th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 6).

Health and Community Care Committee

4 December 2002

32nd Meeting, 2002

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

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

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following affirmative instrument—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.15) (Scotland) Order 2002, (SSI 2002/511).

3. Petitions: The Committee will consider a progress report on petitions.

4. Inquiry into GM crops: The Committee will consider a draft Report.

Rural Development Committee

4 December 2002

32nd Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Inquiry into Integrated Rural Development (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Social Justice Committee

4 December 2002

22nd Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 on its draft Stage 1 Report on the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill in private, and whether to take the item in private at future meetings.

2. Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Des McNulty, MSP, Deputy Minister for Social Justice.

3. Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Standards Committee

4 December 2002

17th Meeting, 2002

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

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

2. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider issues papers relating to its review of the Cross-Party Group system.

3. Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner: The Committee will receive an update on the recruitment process from the Convener.

4. Complaint: The Committee will consider a report from the Standards Adviser.

 

 

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