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E : Written questions lodged
F : Motions and Amendments
G : Bills: Notices and Amendments
H : New Documents
I : Petitions lodged
K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 5 / 2004

Friday 9th January 2004

Section C : Agendas of Committee Meetings

  

Finance Committee

13 January 2004

1st Meeting, 2004

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

1. Petition PE670: The Committee will take evidence as part of its investigation into the Scottish Executive's Relocation Policy from-

Tavish Scott, MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services;

Mike Garden, Head of Corporate Responsibility Unit; Paul Rhodes, Head of Facilities and Estates Services; Carol Chalmers; Katy Speirs, Relocation Policy Unit, Scottish Executive.

2. Executive payments to business: The Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services will respond to questions on the payment of invoices by the Scottish Executive.

3. Petition PE686: The Committee will consider a petition from Rob Willox, on behalf of Bo'ness means Business, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urgently review the charges levied by Scottish Water on Scottish business.

4. Budget (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk on the procedure for handling Stage 2 of the Budget (Scotland) Bill.

5. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider the reporters' draft report of the Committee's investigation into Scottish Water in private at future meetings.

Procedures Committee

13 January 2004

1st Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Non-Executive Bills - witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsibility for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses in the inquiry.

2. Non-Executive Bills: The Committee will take evidence from-

Paul Grice, Clerk/Chief Executive, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body;

and then from-

Michael Russell, former member in charge of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill;

Keith Harding, former member in charge of the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill.

3. First Minister's Question Time: The Committee will review the success of the changes to the timing and duration of First Minister's Question Time recommended in its 1st Report, 2003 (Session 2).

4. Emergency Bills: The Committee will consider a paper on possible changes to Rule 9.21, and take evidence from Frances Bell, Legislation Team.

5. Suspension of standing orders: The Committee will consider a further paper from the Clerk.

6. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider, in private at its next meeting, draft Reports on First Minister's Question Time, Emergency Bills and suspension of standing orders.

Standards Committee

13 January 2004

1st Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Cross-Party Groups - Affordable Housing: The Committee will consider an application to establish a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Affordable Housing.

2. Cross-Party Groups - Cuba: The Committee will consider an application to establish a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cuba.

3. Cross-Party Groups - research: The Committee will receive a briefing on external research being carried out by The Robert Gordon University on the Cross-Party Group system in the Scottish Parliament.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

13 January 2004

2nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

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

the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

2. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following-

the Support and Assistance of Young People Leaving Care (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/607);

the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Amendment Order 2003, (SSI 2003/621);

the Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/623).

3. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following-

the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No.1) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/609);

the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Commencement No.3) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/620).

Enterprise and Culture Committee

13 January 2004

2nd Meeting, 2004

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

1. Renewable Energy Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from-

Panel 1

Mrs Marilyn Henderson, Secretary, Avich and Kilchrenan Community Council (Public Petition PE493);

Mr WR Graham (Public Petition PE564);

Christine Grahame MSP (Public Petition PE664);

Panel 2

Mr John BP Hodgson, Director, Skye Windfarm Action Group (Public Petition PE559);

Mr Ben Palmer, Skye Windfarm Action Group (Public Petition PE559);

Mr Peter Hodgson, (Public Petition PE615); and

Panel 3

Councillor Alison Hay, COSLA Spokesperson for Environment, Sustainability and Community Safety;

Derek McKim, Head of Strategy (External), Comhairlie nan Eilean Sair;

James Fowlie, Team Leader, Environment and Regeneration (COSLA);

on its inquiry into renewable energy in Scotland.

Health Committee

13 January 2004

2nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 3

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

2. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions-

PE247 Epilepsy Scotland: Epilepsy Service Provision;

PE370 Mrs Lydia Reid: Organ Retention;

PE374 Dr Steve Gilbert: Chronic Pain Management;

PE398 Ms Helen McDade: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis;

PE406 Miss Margaret E Doig: Deceased Persons (Law and Code of Practice);

PE452 Mr James Mackie: Autistic Spectrum Disorder;

PE474 Mr James Mackie: Heavy Metal Poisoning;

PE475 Ms Cecilia Yardley, Speakability: Aphasia;

PE502 Ms Fiona Stewart, RNID Scotland: Digital Hearing Aids;

PE537 Mr Alexander Mitchell: Mental Welfare (Complaints Procedure);

PE538 Mr James Mackie: Psychiatric Services;

PE572 Mr and Mrs Patrick & Jennifer Woods: Multiple Sclerosis (Respite Homes);

PE577 Mr Steve Law, Action Against Autism: Autism Treatment;

PE609 Mrs Grainne Smith: Eating Disorders (Treatment);

PE623 Ms Vicki Ferguson, Asthma Treatment (Prescription Charges).

3. Budget Process: The Committee will consider a paper from the Adviser.

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

Justice 2 Committee

13 January 2004

2nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Antisocial Behaviour (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from-

Gerard Brown, Convener of the Criminal Law Committee, Alex Prentice, Member of the Criminal Law Committee, Michael Clancy, Director of the Law Reform Department and Anne Keenan, Deputy Director of the Law Reform Department, the Law Society of Scotland;

Hugh Henry, Deputy Minister for Justice, Alasdair McIntosh, Head of Anti-social Behaviour Division, Michael Kellet, Anti-social Behaviour Division, Catherine Brown, Police Division and Gillian Russell, OSSE, the Scottish Executive.

Local Government and Transport Committee

13 January 2004

2nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

2. Local Governance (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from-

William Pollock, Chair, Association of Electoral Administrators Scottish Branch;

Frank Sibbald, Acting Secretary, Association of Electoral Administrators Scottish Branch;

John Majoribanks, Chairman, Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland;

Brian Wilson, Deputy Chairman, Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland; and

Bob Smith, Secretary, Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland.

3. Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider arrangements for its consideration of the Bill at Stage 1.

 

 

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