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A : Daily Business List
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. 34 / 2004

Wednesday 25th February 2004

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meetings of Committees

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

Education Committee

6th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 2

1. Scottish Executive Consultation on Medical Standards: The Committee will consider a consultation document.

2. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).

Communities Committee

8th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill - UK legislation: The Committee will take oral evidence on the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill currently before the UK Parliament from-

Mary Mulligan MSP, Deputy Minister for Communities;

Richard Arnott, Voluntary Issues Unit, Scottish Executive;

Quentin Fisher, Voluntary Issues Unit, Scottish Executive; and

Catriona Hardman, Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive.

2. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

6th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. Irish Presidency of the European Union and the priorities of the Scottish Executive: The Committee will take evidence on the priorities of the Scottish Executive as they relate to the Environment and Rural Development portfolio from-

Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

3. Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 4).

4. Inquiry into implementation of CAP reform: The Committee will consider a draft remit and suggested programme of evidence in connection with this inquiry.

Justice 1 Committee

7th Meeting, 2004

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

The Mound, Edinburgh, to consider jointly, with the Justice 2 Committee, the following items:

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

2. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will consider possible candidates for the post of adviser.

Justice 2 Committee

7th Meeting, 2004

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

The Mound, Edinburgh, to consider jointly, with the Justice 1 Committee, the following items:

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

2. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will consider possible candidates for the post of adviser.

Justice 1 Committee

8th Meeting, 2004

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

The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Civil Contingencies Bill - UK legislation: The Committee will take evidence from-

Hugh Henry, Deputy Minister for Justice, Max Maxwell, Police and Civil Contingencies Division, and Robert Marshall, Office of the Solicitor, Scottish Executive.

2. Petition PE477: The Committee will consider a petition by Mr John McManus on behalf of Miscarriages Of Justice Organisation, calling for the Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to provide assistance in setting up an aftercare programme in the form of a half-way home to help people who have been wrongfully incarcerated and have served long terms of imprisonment or whose conviction has been annulled at the appeal court.

3. Dangerous driving and the law petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions -

PE29 by Alex and Margaret Dekker calling for action to be taken in relation to the Crown Office's decisions and considerations in prosecuting road traffic deaths;

PE55 by Ms Tricia Donegan calling for the Parliament to conduct an investigation to establish why the full powers of the law are not enforced in all cases that involve death by dangerous driving;

PE299 by Ms Tricia Donegan calling for the Parliament to investigate whether the additional driving offences of failure to possess the correct licence, MOT or insurance documentation should be taken into consideration at court hearings concerning a fatality caused by dangerous driving; and

PE331 by Ms Tricia Donegan calling for the Parliament to investigate why drivers who have made deliberate decisions when driving that cause risk to the lives of others are classed as careless drivers when prosecuted, even in the event of a fatality.

4. Petition PE111: The Committee will consider a petition by Mr Frank Harvey calling for the Parliament to order a public inquiry into road accidents involving police responding to 999 calls.

5. Inquiry into the effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes in prisons: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

6. Former Justice 1 Committee inquiry into the regulation of the legal profession: The Committee will consider the recommendations made by the former Justice 1 Committee in its 11th Report 2002: Report on Regulation of the Legal Profession Inquiry.

 

 

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that subject to the Parliament's approval of Business Motion S2M-953, set out below, today's business will be as follows:

Wednesday 25 February 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Mr Habib Malik, a director of Multi Ethnic Aberdeen Limited and Scotland Area Manager for Islamic Relief

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions-

S2M-953 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees a revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 25 February 2004, as follows-

 

 

 

 

after,

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Mr Habib Malik, a director of Multi Ethnic Aberdeen Limited and Scotland Area Manager for Islamic Relief

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert,

followed by Ministerial Statement on Fresh Talent

followed by Ministerial Statement on Fresh Talent

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill-

S2M-473 Cathy Jamieson: Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill-

S2M-536 Mr Andy Kerr: Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution-That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase, in consequence of the Act, in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund.

followed by Business Motion-

S2M-952 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees-

(a) the following programme of business

Wednesday 3 March 2003

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 4 March 2004

9.30 am Stage 3 of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm Continuation of Stage 3 of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill

followed by Motion on Companies (Audit Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Motion on Civil Contingencies Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 10 March 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 11 March 2004

9.30 am Scottish Senior Citizens' Unity Party Business

followed by Scottish Socialist Party Business

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time

3.00 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

and (b) that the rota for departmental themes for Question Time, to run for a trial period from 11 March 2004 to the summer recess, be as follows:

Week 1 Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning; Justice and Law Officers;

Week 2 Education, Tourism, Culture and Sport; Finance and Communities;

Week 3 Environment and Rural Development; Health and Community Care.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions-

S2M-947 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

S2M-948 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

S2M-949 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/49).

S2M-950 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/50).

S2M-951 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/51).

S2M-945 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI-That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/21) be approved.

S2M-946 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI-That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2003 Amendment Order 2004 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Debate on the subject of-

S2M-728 Alasdair Morgan: General Medical Services Contracts-That the Parliament is concerned that the provisions made for contracting-out out-of-hours care from GPs to local NHS boards may be insufficiently funded to meet the unique challenges encountered in rural practices; believes that rural practices thus unable to opt out will have serious difficulty in recruiting new doctors, and considers that the Scottish Executive should re-examine the level of funding allocated to NHS boards providing these services in rural areas.

 

 

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