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Business Bulletin 49/2004

Wednesday 17 March 2004

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meetings of Committees

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

Education Committee

9th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

1. Child Protection Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from-

Panel 1 Scottish Executive Children and Families Division

Sarah Smith, Head of Division;

Catherine Rainey, Manager for Child Protection Reform Programme;

Stella Perrot, Principal Professional Advisor;

Panel 2 Scottish Executive

Gill Ottley, Deputy Chief Social Work Inspector, Social Work Services Inspectorate;

Chris McIlroy, Acting HM Chief Inspector, HMIE;

Dr Linda De Caestecker, Head of Women and Children's Unit, Health Department; and

Panel 3 Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland

Deputy Chief Constable Robert Ovens, Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary;

Chief Inspector Kate Thomson, Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.

Communities Committee

12th Meeting, 2004

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: Mary Mulligan MSP (Deputy Minister for Communities) to move the following motion-

S2M-901 Margaret Curran MSP: The draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2004-that the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2004 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument-

the Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contribution Limits (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/60).

4. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a paper by the clerks on the discussion of its Stage 1 report in sections of the media prior to its publication.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

8th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Inquiry into the implementation of CAP Reform: The Committee will take evidence from-

Panel 1

John Kinnaird, President, NFU Scotland;

Becky Shaw, Crofting Environment Officer, Scottish Crofting Foundation;

Stewart Jamieson, Board Member, Scottish Organic Producers Association; and

Panel 2

Peter Cook, Retained Consultant, Scottish Agricultural College;

Dr Janet Dwyer, Reader in Rural Studies, University of Gloucestershire.

2. Renewable Energy in Scotland: The Committee will consider a paper from the Convener regarding the Enterprise and Culture Committee's inquiry into renewable energy in Scotland.

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

the Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/55);

the Domestic Water and Sewerage Charges (Reduction) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/68);

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/70); and

the Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2004, (SSI 2004/81).

 

Justice 1 Committee

11th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

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

Public Petitions Committee

5th Meeting, 2004

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

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

PE709: Inquiry into health aspects of Gulf War Syndrome. Alexander Izett will make a brief statement in support of this petition, accompanied by Dr Vance Spence and Shaun Rusling.

PE717: Funding for organisations such as Independent Special Education Advice (Scotland). Steven Law will make a brief statement in support of this petition, accompanied by Lorraine Dilworth and Cathy Flynn.

PE714: Field Impairment Tests. Hugh Humphries will make a brief statement in support of this petition.

PE715: Funding for Scottish Opera.

PE708: Responses to the Scottish Parliament's requests for information.

PE711: Skye bridge tolls.

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

PE581 Proposed cull of hedgehogs.

PE609 Specialised treatment of eating disorders.

PE647 Promotion to the Scottish Premier League.

PE669 Anti-semitism and gender inequality in Scottish schools.

PE673 Consultative referendum on the European Union Constitutional Treaty.

PE674 Funding of services for motor neurone disease.

PE677 Promoting and Resourcing Safer Shopping Partnerships.

PE680 Disbanding the Scottish Environment Protection Agency Main Board.

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that subject to the Parliament's approval of Business Motion S2M-1048, set out below, today's business will be as follows:

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Priya Sahi, 5th Year Student from Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions-

S2M-1048 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 17 March 2004-

after,

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

insert,

followed by Ministerial Statement on vCJD

In accordance with Rule 8.11.4 of Standing Orders the following amendments shall be taken by the Parliament:

S2M-1048.1 Bill Aitken: Business Motion-As an amendment to motion (S2M-1048) in the name of Patricia Ferguson, insert at end "and the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 18 March 2004-

delete from,

"3.00 pm Executive Debate on Action to Promote Women in Scotland"

to end and insert,

"3.00 pm Debate on request from the Parliament to the BBC to release to the Holyrood Inquiry the taped interviews conducted for "The Gathering Place", especially those interviews with the late Donald Dewar and Enric Miralles

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Action to Promote Women in Scotland

followed by Motion on Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-971 Rhona Brankin: World Health Organisation's Bone and Joint Decade 2000 to 2010" "

S2M-1048.2 Carolyn Leckie: Business Motion-As an amendment to motion (S2M-1048) in the name of Patricia Ferguson, leave out from "insert" to end and insert-

"delete,

"followed by Debate on Enterprise and Culture Committee's 3rd Report 2003 (Session 2): Scottish Solutions Inquiry (for text of motion see S2M-1043 in Section F of the Business Bulletin for Monday 15 March 2004)

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time"

and insert,

"followed by Ministerial Statement on vCJD

followed by Ministerial Statement on the situation of the three Iranian Kurdish hunger strikers in Glasgow

followed by Debate on Enterprise and Culture Committee's 3rd Report 2003 (Session 2): Scottish Solutions Inquiry (for text of motion see S2M-1043 in Section F of the Business Bulletin for Monday 15 March 2004)

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.30 pm Decision Time" "

followed by Ministerial Statement on vCJD

followed by Debate on Enterprise and Culture Committee's 3rd Report, 2003 (Session 2): Scottish Solutions Inquiry-

S2M-1043 Alasdair Morgan on behalf of the Committee: Scottish Solutions Inquiry-That the Parliament notes the 3rd Report 2003 (Session 2) of the Enterprise and Culture Committee, Report on Scottish Solutions Inquiry (SP Paper 67), on the potential impact of the introduction of variable tuition fees in England and recognises the importance of a healthy higher education sector to Scotland's economic development.

followed by Business Motion-

S2M-1049 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees-

(a) the following programme of business-

Wednesday 24 March 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 25 March 2004

9.30 am Scottish Green Party Business

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time -

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care;

General Questions

3.00 pm Executive Debate on Protecting Communities - Reforming the Role of Non-Jury Courts

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 31 March 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 1 April 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time -

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

Justice and the Law Officers;

General Questions

3.00 pm Continuation of Stage 3 of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

and (b) that consideration of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 4 June 2004.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions-

S2M-1047 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI-That the Parliament agrees that the draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2004 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Debate on the subject of-

S2M-754 Donald Gorrie: National Celebrations on St Andrew's Day-That the Parliament believes that many aspects of Scottish life would benefit from the adoption of St Andrew's Day as a focus for national celebration; recognises the value that similar national days, such as Thanksgiving Day in the United States of America, bring to other countries, and considers that the Parliament and the Scottish Executive should work with all relevant bodies to make St Andrew's Day, or the weekend nearest to it, a basis for educational, cultural and sporting activity, family reunions, community events, the promotion of tourism and Scottish products abroad and for developing existing celebrations of Scottish life held abroad.

 

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