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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. 88 / 2004

Monday 24th May 2004

Section C : Agendas of Committee Meetings

  

Audit Committee

25 May 2004

11th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Medical Equipment (in private): The Committee will consider lines of questioning for the witnesses at agenda item 3.

2. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 4, 5 and 6 in private.

3. Medical Equipment: The Committee will take evidence from-

Mr Trevor Jones, Head of the Scottish Executive Health Department and Chief Executive of NHSScotland;

Dr Peter Collings, Director of Performance Management and Finance, Scottish Executive Health Department; and

Mr Gerry Marr, Chief Executive of NHS Tayside Acute Services Division.

4. NHS Overview: The Committee will consider an issues paper on its inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Overview of the NHS in Scotland" (AGS/2003/12).

5. Medical Equipment: The Committee will consider the evidence taken on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Better Equipped to Care? - follow-up report on managing medical equipment" (AGS/2004/2).

6. Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "The 2002-03 Audit of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body".

Finance Committee

25 May 2004

16th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will consider a paper by the Budget Adviser on trends in capital spending by the Scottish Executive in the past five years.

2. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will consider subject committees' reports on Stage one of the Budget Process 2005-06 and other written evidence.

3. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will take evidence as part of its consideration of Stage one of the Budget Process 2005-06 from-

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

Richard Dennis, Finance Co-Ordination Team Leader, Scottish Executive.

4. Scottish Parliament Building Project: The Committee will consider correspondence relating to the Holyrood Building Project.

5. Cross-Cutting Expenditure Review on Economic Development (in private): The Committee will continue its consideration of an approach paper by the Clerk for phase two of its review.

6. Inquiry into the Relocation of Public Sector Jobs (in private): The Committee will consider an issues paper by the Clerk.

7. Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Bill's Financial Memorandum.

Procedures Committee

25 May 2004

9th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in the Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh

1. Bills - timescales and Stages: The Committee will take evidence from-

Cathy Jamieson, MSP, Minister for Justice, and Rachel Sunderland, former Branch Head for the Children's Commissioner Action Team, Children and Families Division, Scottish Executive; and

Jackie Baillie, MSP, former member of the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill Committee,

and then from-

Douglas Hamilton, Policy and Research Officer, Barnardo's Scotland;

Susan Elsley, Assistant Director of Policy, Save the Children; and

Jennifer Turpie, Director of Research and Policy, and Kay Tisdall, former Director of Research and Policy, Children in Scotland;

in relation to the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill, one of the case-study Bills in the inquiry; and then from-

Jill Flye, Parliamentary Information Officer, and Lucy McTernan, Director of Corporate Affairs, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and Graham Blount, Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office; and

Councillor Corrie McChord, Vice President and Spokesperson on Modern Governance, and Bob Christie, Corporate Adviser, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

2. Minor Procedural issues: The Committee will consider a paper on two minor changes to standing orders and take evidence from -

David McGill, Head of the Parliamentary Business Team, on Rule 2.7.1; and

Susan Duffy, Clerk to the Finance Committee, on Rule 5.8.1.

3. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider draft reports on Non-Executive Bills and minor procedural issues in private at its next meeting.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

25 May 2004

18th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider agenda items 10 and 11 in private.

2. Delegated Powers Scrutiny: The Committee will further consider the delegated powers provisions in the following Bill-

the Prohibition of Smoking in Regulated Areas (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1,

and will take evidence from Stewart Maxwell, MSP, the member in charge of the Bill.

3. Delegated Powers Scrutiny: The Committee will consider the response from the Executive to points raised on the following Bill-

the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

4. Executive Responses: The Committee will consider the response from the Scottish Executive to points raised on the following-

the Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/209); and

the Primary Medical Services (Consequential and Ancillary Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/212).

5. Draft Instruments Subject to Approval: The Committee will consider the following-

the Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (draft); and

the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Limit) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (draft).

6. Instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following-

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/221).

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

the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/215);

the National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Performers Lists) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/216);

the National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Section 17C Agreements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/217);

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/220);

the General Medical Services and the General Medical Services and Section 17C Agreements (Transitional and Other Ancillary Provisions Orders) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2004, (SSI 2004/223).

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

Act of Sederunt (Summary Applications, Statutory and Appeal etc. Rules) Amendment (Sexual Offences Act 2003) 2004, (SSI 2004/222).

9. Guidance subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following-

Framework Guidance on Preparing a National Park Plan, (SE/2004/98).

10. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will consider a draft report regarding the recent visit to Westminster.

11. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will consider a draft consultation document.

Standards Committee

25 May 2004

7th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

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

3. Replacing the Members' Interests Order: The Committee will consider papers on paid advocacy, ceased and future interests, the mechanics of the Register and the purpose of the Register.

4. Code of Conduct: The Committee will consider draft amendments to section 10 of the Code of Conduct of MSPs.

5. Complaint: The Committee will consider a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

European and External Relations Committee

25 May 2004

12th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Convener's report: The Convener will update the committee on the -

Letter received from the First Minister on the Regions with Legislative Power Group (Regleg);

Monthly report on the external relations activities in the Scottish Parliament;

Proposal for an away-day in summer/autumn 2004 to review the first year of the new parliamentary session and discuss possible options for a revised work programme; and

Proposal for an informal meeting to 'take stock' on the progress of the Promotion of Scotland inquiry.

2. Pre- and post-EU Council scrutiny: The Committee will discuss the agendas and information received from the Scottish Executive on the following meetings of the Council of the EU-

Forthcoming Councils

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 24-25 May;

Education, Youth and Culture Council, 26-28 May;

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 1-2 June;

ECOFIN Council, 2 June;

Justice and Home Affairs Council, 8 June;

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 10-11 June; and

Previous Councils

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 26-27 April;

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 26-27 April;

Justice and Home Affairs Council, 29 June.

3. 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.

4. Repatriation of European regional development funds and the UK Government's proposals - an Inquiry into the impact in Scotland (in private): The Committee will discuss its Draft Report.

Enterprise and Culture Committee

25 May 2004

16th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Area Tourist Board Review: The Committee will take evidence from-

Panel 1- Scottish Tourism Forum

Simon Williams, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Principle Hotels Association;

Ian Gardner, Chairman, the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions and Director, Scottish Tourism Forum;

Douglas Logan, Managing Director, Speciality Scotland Travel, and Director and Company Secretary - Scottish Tourism Forum;

Panel 2 - COSLA

Councillor Willie Dunn, Economic Development and Planning Spokesperson

James Fowlie, Team Leader - Environment and Regeneration, COSLA

Catriona MacLean, Area Development Manager, Highland Council; and

Panel 3 - Area Tourist Board Chairs

Robin Shedden, Chair, Kingdom of Fife Tourist Board and Scotland's Area Tourist Board Network;

Councillor Donald Wilson, Chair, Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board;

Carolyn Baird, Chair Perthshire Tourist Board;

on the Area Tourist Board Review

2. Petition PE694: the Committee will consider its final response to Public Petition PE694.

Justice 2 Committee

25 May 2004

20th Meeting, 2004

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

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 4 and 5 in private.

2. Justice and home affairs in Europe: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

3. Youth Justice Inquiry: The Committee will consider the role and person specification for the post of adviser.

4. Constitutional Reform Bill: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Constitutional Reform Bill currently before the UK Parliament.

5. Tenements (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.

Local Government and Transport Committee

25 May 2004

14th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Rail Industry in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from-

Tom Winsor, Rail Regulator;

Michael Beswick, Director, Rail Policy, Office of the Rail Regulator; and

John Thomas, Deputy Director of Economic Regulation, Office of the Rail Regulator.

2. Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from-

Mark Turley, Director of Housing, City of Edinburgh Council;

Councillor Kingsley Thomas, Executive Member for Social Work, City of Edinburgh Council;

Ray de Souza, Principal Planning and Commissioning Officer - Addictions and HIV, City of Edinburgh Council;

Leslie Brown, Principal Development Officer, Aberdeen City Council;

Alan Pilkington, Head of Services, Neighbourhood Services (Central), Aberdeen City Council; and

Councillor Martin Greig, Chair, Community Safety Partnership, Aberdeen City Council.

Communities Committee

26 May 2004

21st Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh and afterwards at 1pm in Committee Room 1

1. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 6).

Justice 1 Committee

26 May 2004

21st Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Item in private: the Committee will decide whether to consider in private, at forthcoming meetings, a draft stage 1 report on the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill.

2. Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider written evidence on the general principles of the Bill at stage 1.

3. Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from-

Gerard Brown, Convener, Criminal Law Committee, and Anne Keenan, Deputy Director, Law Reform Department, the Law Society of Scotland, and the Faculty of Advocates;

Douglas J Keil QPM, General Secretary, Scottish Police Federation; and

ACC Ricky Gray, Secretary, Road Policing Standing Committee, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, and Chief Superintendent Tom Buchan, President, Association of Scottish Police Superintendents.

4. Civil Partnership Bill - UK legislation: The Committee will consider written representations received in relation to the Bill, including petition PE737 by Stephen Harte on behalf of Holy Trinity Metropolitan Community Church.

5. Civil Partnership Bill - UK legislation (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report in respect of motion S2M-1202 on the Bill.

Public Petitions Committee

26 May 2004

9th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

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

PE733 Guidance to egg producers in Scotland on egg stamping legislation. Mr Peter Siddons will make a brief statement in support of his petition.

PE730 Calling for the closure of Carstairs State Hospital. Mrs Ann Mallaby will make a brief statement in support of her petition.

PE732 Review of new housing development guidelines to ensure a larger proportion is allocated to affordable housing. Mrs Jan Wilson, Chairman, Royal Burgh of Haddington and District Community Council, will make a brief statement in support of this petition.

PE738 European Directive on Food Supplements and a derogation regarding vitamin and mineral potencies.

PE739 Declaration of Freemasonry membership by Scottish solicitors and jurors.

PE742 To ensure that Scotland has a national dance hall, located in Edinburgh.

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

PE440 Patients ready for release or transfer from Carstairs State Hospital. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive in relation to the issues raised.

PE504 Preventing convicted murderers selling accounts of their crimes. The Committee will consider a response from the Justice Minister in relation to the issues raised.

PE685 Defining the subject and maximum time limits of closure orders. The Committee will consider a response from the Lord Advocate in relation to the issues raised.

PE698 Call for a national policy for travelling showpeople. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive in relation to the issues raised.

PE700 Stopping larger shops opening on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive in relation to the issues raised.

PE701 Consultation arrangements for school closures. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive in relation to the issues raised.

PE704 Supporting Unison Scotland's NHS Food for Good Charter. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and NHS Quality Improvement Scotland in relation to the issues raised.

PE706 Diagnosis and treatment of Pyroluria. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive in relation to the issues raised.

Education Committee

26 May 2004

15th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 3 and at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Child protection inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from-

Romy Langeland, Chief Executive, Valerie Corbett, Assistant Director, Catriona Rioch, Project Manager, National Parenting Development Project, Aberlour Child Care Trust.

Claire Houghton, National Children's Rights Worker, Scottish Women's Aid, Ruth Kennedy, Young People's Support Worker, North Ayrshire Women's Aid.

Not before 2.00 pm

2. School closures: The Committee will take evidence from-

Peter Peacock, MSP, Minister for Education and Young People and Officials.

3. Child protection inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from-

Peter Peacock, MSP, Minister for Education and Young People and Officials.

4. Child protection inquiry: The Committee will consider emerging themes from the evidence it has taken in its inquiry.

 

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