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

Business Bulletin No. 113 / 2003

Monday 8th September 2003

Section C : Agendas of Committee Meetings

  

Equal Opportunities Committee

9 September 2003

2nd Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

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

3. Work programme: The Committee will consider a paper on its work programme.

4. Mainstreaming Equality in the Work of Parliamentary Committees: The Committee will consider a paper on mainstreaming.

5. European Year of Disabled People: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

6. Civil partnership registration legislation: The Committee will consider a paper on civil partnership registration legislation.

Procedures Committee

9 September 2003

4th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Committee Awayday: The Convener will invite members to comment on the Committee’s awayday on 25 August and to endorse the preliminary decision taken to seek a debate on the previous Committee’s report on the founding principles of the Parliament (3rd Report, 2003 (Session 1)).

2. Oral Questions in the Chamber: The Committee will consider a written submission by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and an issues paper by the Clerk, and consider possible witnesses to be invited to give oral evidence.

3. First Minister's Question Time - leak inquiry: The Committee will consider what action to take in relation to the unauthorised disclosure of information about the draft Report on First Minister’s Question Time and minor standing order changes.

4. Scottish Civic Forum: The Committee will consider a letter to the Convener from the Director of the Scottish Civic Forum inviting the Committee to participate in a Forum meeting in November.

Standards Committee

9 September 2003

4th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Alasdair Morgan MSP will be invited to declare any registrable interests.

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

3. Complaint against Kenny MacAskill MSP and Tricia Marwick MSP: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dorothy-Grace Elder

John McAllion.

4. Complaint against Kenny MacAskill MSP and Tricia Marwick MSP: The Committee will review the oral evidence and consider lines of questioning for witnesses.

5. Complaint against Kenny MacAskill MSP and Tricia Marwick MSP: The Committee will take evidence from—

Tricia Marwick MSP and Kenny MacAskill MSP.

6. Complaint against Kenny MacAskill MSP and Tricia Marwick MSP: The Committee will review oral and written evidence received in the course of its investigation.

Finance Committee

9 September 2003

5th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill in private at a future meeting.

2. Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Bill from-

Ed Morrison, Director of Finance, and Jackie Robeson, Head of Practice, Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration

John Ewing, Chief Executive, and Cliff Binning, Head of Operational Policy and Planning, Scottish Courts Service

Philip Shearer, Solicitor (Technical), Scottish Legal Aid Board.

3. Budget process 2004-05: The Committee will consider an options paper for meeting outwith Edinburgh for stage two of the budget process 2004-05.

4. Correspondence from the Executive: The Committee will consider a letter from the Deputy Minister of Finance and Public Services on the Executive’s relocation policy.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

9 September 2003

5th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following Bill—

Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/333)

the Form of Repair Notice (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/335)

the Form of Improvement Order (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/336)

the Housing Grants (Form of Cessation or Partial Cessation of Conditions Notice) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/337)

the Housing Grants (Form of Notice of Payment) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/338)

the National Health Service (Compensation for Premature Retirement) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/344)

the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/376)

the Food (Hot Chilli and Hot Chilli Products) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/382)

the Diseases of Animals (Approved Disinfectants) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/334)

the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No.2) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/348)

the Movement of Animals (Restrictions) (Scotland) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/353)

the Diseases of Poultry (Scotland) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/354)

the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000 (Commencement No.4) (Scotland) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/378)

the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No.3) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/384)

Act of Adjournal (Criminal Appeals) 2003, (SSI 2003/387)

Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Company Insolvency Rules 1986) Amendment 2003, (SSI 2003/388).

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

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.8) (Scotland) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/402).

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

the Disposal of Records (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003, (draft).

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

the Food (Brazil Nuts) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/396)

the Nursing and Midwifery Student Allowances (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/401)

the Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (Scotland) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/403)

the Inshore Fishing (Prohibition of Fishing and Fishing Methods) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2003, (SSI 2003/404)

the Collagen and Gelatine (Intra-Community Trade) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/405).

6. Minor errors in instruments: The Committee will consider a letter from the Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive.

Enterprise and Culture Committee

9 September 2003

3rd Meeting, 2003

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

1. Scottish Solutions Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from-

Mr Andrew Cubie CBE, Senior Partner, Fyfe Ireland WS Solicitors.

2. Budget process: The Committee will consider an options paper on its procedures for scrutinising the Scottish Executive’s annual expenditure proposals.

3. Work programme: The Committee will consider scheduling issues for its work programme.

4. Petitions PE493; PE559; PE564: The Committee will consider a paper on the following newly referred petitions-

PE493 from Ms Marilyn Henderson on the installation of wind farms in North Argyll;

PE559 from Mr John B P Hodgson on a Strategic Environmental Assessment of Scotland’s Renewable Energy Programmes;

PE564 from W R Graham on the development of a national strategy for wind farms and related planning issues;

and decide what action it wishes to take in relation to these petitions.

5. Petitions PE380; PE370: The Committee will consider a paper on the following petitions re-referred from Session 1-

PE380 from Mr David McNab on the participation of football supporters in the decision making processes within senior football and will take evidence from-

James Proctor, Development Officer, Scotland, Supporters’ Direct;

PE370 from Mr Dougal Carnegie on the promotion of the traditional arts in Scotland;

and will decide what action it wishes to take in relation to these petitions.

European and External Relations Committee

9 September 2003

3rd Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

2. The EU's forthcoming agenda and the priorities of the Scottish Executive: The Committee will hear evidence from—

Andy Kerr MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Services.

3. The external relations strategy and activities of the Scottish Executive: The Committee will hear evidence from—

Andy Kerr MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Services.

4. Promoting Scotland worldwide: an Inquiry into the external relations policy, strategy and activities of the Scottish Executive: The Committee will discuss draft terms of reference for this new Inquiry.

5. Renationalising regional development funding: The Committee will discuss proposals for an ongoing review of the debate on the development of a new framework for regional development and the future of European structural funds.

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

Proposals to develop an ‘early warning system’ to monitor subsidiarity and on interparliamentary co-ordination

Membership of the Scottish Committee on Euro Preperations

Potential impact of the EU’s hallmarking draft directive

Potential impact of the European Commission’s Internal Market Strategy (Priorities 2003-2006) on the ownership of Scotland’s water sector

Implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive and the reuse of printer cartridges.

7. Sift of EC/EU documents and draft legislation: The Committee will consider the latest list of EC/EU documents and draft legislative proposals received for this meeting.

Health Committee

9 September 2003

5th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

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

the Contaminants in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/289)

the Cocoa and Chocolate Products (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/291)

the Fruit Juices and Fruit Nectars (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/293)

the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/295)

the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/296)

the National Health Service (General Medical Services Supplementary Lists) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/298)

the Collagen and Gelatine (Intra–Community Trade) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/299)

the Cremation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/301).

3. Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill (Stage 1): The Committee will take evidence from—

John Wright, Director, and Dr Kate Adamson, Convener, Scottish Association of Health Councils

Margaret Watt, Vice Chair, Scotland Patients Association

Malcolm Chisholm MSP, Minister for Health.

4. Hepatitis C: The Committee will take evidence from—

Malcolm Chisholm MSP, Minister for Health.

5. Work programme: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

Education Committee

10 September 2003

4th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Draft Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: In connection with its pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill, the committee will take evidence from—

Professor Sheila Riddell, Chair of Social Policy (Disability Studies), Glasgow University

Professor Julie Allan, Professor of Education, Stirling University

Professor Gilbert MacKay, Professor of Special Education, Strathclyde University.

2. Scottish Executive review of children's therapist services: The Committee will note the Scottish Executive Review of Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy for Children and Speech and Language Therapy for Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

3. Budget process 2004-05: The Committee will consider its approach to the Scottish Executive budget 2004-05.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

10 September 2003

4th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Subordinate legislation: Maureen Macmillan MSP to move motion S2M-3967—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Prohibition of Fishing for Scallops (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/371).

2. Subordinate legislation: Allan Wilson MSP (Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development) to move—

motion S2M-190 in the name of Ross Finnie MSP—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee, in consideration of the Draft Code of Recommendation for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs (SE/2003/173), recommends that the code be approved;

motion S2M-232 in the name of Ross Finnie—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Cattle (SE/2003/175) be approved; and

motion S2M-189 in the name of Ross Finnie—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee, in consideration of the draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003, recommends that the regulations be approved.

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

The Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/333)

The Environmental Impact Assessment (Water Management) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/341).

4. Work programme: The Committee will consider its forward work programme.

5. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions—

PE246 by Kildalton and Oa Community Council, Kilarrow and Kilmeny Community Council and the Kilchoman and Portnahaven Council, and Councillor J Findlay and Councillor R Currie on Special Areas of Conservation.

PE365 by Mr Iain MacSween on behalf of the Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation Ltd on fixed fishing quota allocations and property rights.

PE449 by Mr Alex Hogg on behalf of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association on the impact of predatory birds on waders, songbirds, fish stocks and gamebirds.

PE462 by Mrs Margaret Currie, PE 463 by Councillor Donald Manford and PE464 by Robert Cunyngham Brown on Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

PE517 by Mr Rob Kirkwood on waste water treatment plants.

6. Budget process (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the 2004-05 budget process, including—

whether to seek the appointment of an adviser

the remit and person specification for an adviser

possible candidates for the post.

Communities Committee

10 September 2003

2nd Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Subordinate legislation: Mary Mulligan MSP (Deputy Minister for Communities) to move—

S2M-188: The Draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2003

S2M-187: The Draft Housing Grants (Minimum Percentage Grant) (Scotland) Regulations 2003

S2M-186: The Draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Amendment Order 2003.

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

the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/284)

the Improvement and Repairs Grant (Prescribed Valuation Band) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/314).

3. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

4. Anti-social behaviour: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

5. Debt arrangement scheme: The Committee will consider its approach to the Executive’s consultation on draft subordinate

 

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