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B: Business Programme
C: Committee Agendas
E: Written questions
F: Motions and Amendments
H: New Documents
K: Progress of Parliamentary business

Business Bulletin No. 128 / 2004

Monday 13 September 2004

Section C : Agendas of Committee Meetings

  

Audit Committee

14 September 2004

15th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 7, 8 and 9 in private.

2. NHS Overview: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to its 8th Report 2004 entitled "Overview of the NHS in Scotland 2002-03".

3. NHS Performance Overview: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "An Overview of the Performance of the NHS in Scotland" (AGS/2004/4).

4. Supporting Prescribing in General Practice: The Committee will consider a follow-up response from the Scottish Executive to its 3rd Report 2004 entitled "Supporting Prescribing in General Practice – a progress report".

5. Scottish Further Education Funding Council: The Committee will consider a follow-up response to its 4th Report 2004 entitled "Scottish Further Education Funding Council – Performance management of the further education sector in Scotland" (AGS/2003/7).

6. Format of Scottish Executive Accounts: The Committee will consider a proposal by the Scottish Executive to discontinue producing and publishing resource accounts covering its core departments and take evidence from—

John Aldridge, Finance Director, Scottish Executive.

7. Scottish Enterprise: The Committee will consider its approach to the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Scottish Enterprise: Account management services to high-growth businesses" (AGS/2004/6).

8. Medical Equipment: The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Better Equipped to Care? – follow-up report on managing medical equipment" (AGS/2004/2).

9. NHS Performance Overview: The Committee will consider its approach to the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "An Overview of the Performance of the NHS in Scotland" (AGS/2004/4).

 

Finance Committee

14 September 2004

22nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Fire (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill’s Financial Memorandum from—

Ian Snedden, Head of Fire Services Division; Jill Clark, Fire Bill Team Leader; and John Nicholls, Fire Services Division, Scottish Executive.

2. Water Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill’s Financial Memorandum from—

Andrew Scott, Head of Water Services Division; Clare Morley, Water Services Bill Team Leader; and Tom Harvie-Clark, Economist, Analytical Services Division, Scottish Executive.

3. Scottish Parliament Holyrood Building: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Presiding Officer.

4. Committee Away Day: The Committee will consider and endorse the minute from its away day held in August and will further discuss papers on budgetary matters from its Adviser.

5. Appointment of Budget Adviser (in private): The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

14 September 2004

24th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Draft Instruments Subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

the Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (draft);

the Freedom of Information (Fees for Required Disclosure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (draft); and

the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Modification of National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000) Order 2004, (draft).

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

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/319);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/322);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.5) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/323);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.6) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/330);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Irish Sea) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/340);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.7) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/341);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.8) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/344);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/352);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.9) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/359);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/378); and

the Fishing Vessels (Satellite-tracking Devices) (Scotland) Scheme 2004, (SSI 2004/379).

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

the European Communities (Lawyer’s Practice) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/302);

the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2004 Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/305);

the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/316);

the Oil and Fibre Plant Seed (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/317);

the Register of Sasines (Application Procedures) Rules 2004, (SSI 2004/318);

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (Payments out of Grants for Housing Support Services) Amendment (No.2) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/348);

the Sports Grounds and Sporting Events (Designation) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/356);

the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/358);

the International Criminal Court (Enforcement of Fines, Forfeiture and Reparation Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/360);

the Plant Protection Products (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/368);

the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/369);

the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/370);

the General Medical Services and Section 17C Agreements (Transitional and Other Ancillary Provisions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2004, (SSI 2004/372);

the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (Delegation of the President’s Functions) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/373);

the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (Appointment of Medical Members) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/374);

the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (Appointment of General Members) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/375);

the Freedom of Information (Fees for Disclosure under Section 13) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/376);

the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Commencement No.5 and Transitional Provisions) Amendment Order 2004, (SSI 2004/377);

the Fodder Plant Seeds Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/380); and

the Agricultural Subsidies (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/381).

4. Orders subject to Special Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

the Aberdeen City Council (Bobby Calder Park) Compulsory Purchase Order (No.3) 2001, (SE 2004/159).

5. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2004, (SSI 2004/315);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2004 Revocation Order 2004, (SSI 2004/345); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2004, (SSI 2004/349).

6. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No.5) (Miscellaneous) 2004, (SSI 2004/331);

Act of Sederunt (Summary Applications, Statutory Applications and Appeals etc. Rules) Amendment (Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003) 2004, (SSI 2004/334);

the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No.1) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/335);

Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules Amendment No.3) (Extradition etc.) 2004, (SSI 2004/346);

the Scottish Qualifications Authority Act 2002 (Commencement No.2) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/347);

Act of Sederunt (Ordinary Cause Rules) Amendment (Competition Appeal Tribunal) 2004, (SSI 2004/350);

the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No.1 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/351); and

the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No.2) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/361); and

the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No.3) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/367).

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee

14 September 2004

2nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 11.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 6 and 7 in private.

2. Consideration of Late Objections: The Committee will consider a paper on late objections to the Bill.

3. Site Visit: The Committee will consider a paper proposing a site visit to the route of the Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill.

4. Fact Finding Visit: The Committee will consider a paper proposing a fact finding visit.

5. Evidence from the National Audit Office: The Committee will consider a paper proposing a joint meeting with the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee to take evidence from officials from the National Audit Office.

6. Review of the Financial Case: The Committee will consider a paper on the tender specification for a review of the updated preliminary financial case and a list of potential tenderers.

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

European and External Relations Committee

14 September 2004

15th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Scottish Executive Ministers’ priorities for the Dutch Presidency of the EU (July to December 2004): The Committee will hear from—

Mr Andy Kerr MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Services,

Alastair Wilson and Tim Simons, External Relations Division, Scottish Executive.

2. The Scottish Executive’s European Strategy and activities to date: The Committee will hear from—

Mr Andy Kerr MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Services ,

Alastair Wilson and Tim Simons, External Relations Division, Scottish Executive.

3. The Scottish Executive’s Presidency of the Regions with legislative Power (REGLEG) group and activities to date: The Committee will hear from—

Mr Andy Kerr MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Services,

Alastair Wilson and Nikki Brown, External Relations Division, Scottish Executive.

4. Convenor’s Report: The Convenor will update the Committee on the—

Letters received from the Scottish Executive and the European Commission on proposals for the creation of EU ‘agencies’, the potential for their location to Scotland and the remit and functions of the EU’s Fisheries Control Agency;

Letter from the Scottish Executive on the potential implications of the "Altmark" judgment of the European Court of Justice on Glasgow Underground and other transport undertakings;

Monthly report by the Clerk/Chief Executive and the External Liaison Unit on external activities in the Parliament;

Update on the progress of the Inquiry into the Promotion of Scotland Worldwide and the strategy, policies and activities of the Scottish Executive; and

Planning for the UK Presidency of the EU.

5. 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

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 13-14 September;

Competitiveness Council, 24 September; and

Previous Councils

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

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

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 21 June;

ECOFIN Council, 5 July;

ECOFIN Council, 16 July;

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 12 July;

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 19 July;

Justice and Home Affairs, 19 July;

6. 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.

Justice 2 Committee

14 September 2004

25th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Fire (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Brian A Murray, Firemaster, Highlands and Islands Fire Brigade, John Williams, Firemaster, Grampian Fire and Rescue, David Wynne, Firemaster, Dumfries and Galloway Fire Brigade, and Brian Allaway, Firemaster, and David Millar, Head of Corporate Services, Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade;

John McDonald, Executive Council Member for Scotland, Ken Ross, Scottish Regional Secretary, and Frank Maguire, Solicitor, Fire Brigades Union;

Walter Stewart, President, Derek Chadbon, National General Secretary, and Jim Smith, Station Manager, Cumnock, Retained Firefighters Union.

2. Justice and Home Affairs in Europe: The Committee will consider an update paper by the Clerk.

Local Government and Transport Committee

14 September 2004

18th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

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

2. Inquiry into issues arising from the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001: The Committee will take evidence from—

Margaret Hickish, Convener, Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland;

Trevor Meadows, Member, Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland;

Malcolm Stewart, Convener, Bus User Complaints Tribunal;

Gavin Booth, Member, Bus User Complaints Tribunal; and

David Hunter, Member, Bus User Complaints Tribunal.

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

Justice 1 Committee

15 September 2004

28th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

2. Inquiry into the effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes in prisons: The Committee will take evidence from—

Alec Spencer, Director of Rehabilitation and Care, Janice Hewitt, Head of Inclusion, and Dr Andrew Fraser, Head of Health, the Scottish Prison Service.

3. Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider further a draft Stage 1 report.

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee

15 September 2004

2nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Marilyn Livingstone will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 7 and 8 in private.

3. Consideration of late objections: The Committee will consider a paper on late objections to the Bill.

4. Site Visit: The Committee will consider a paper proposing a site visit to the route of the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill.

5. Fact finding Visit: The Committee will consider a paper proposing a fact finding visit.

6. Evidence from the National Audit Office: The Committee will consider a paper on a joint meeting of the Edinburgh Tram (Line One) and Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committees, for the purpose of evidence taking from the National Audit Office.

7. Review of preliminary financial case: The Committee will consider a paper on tender specification for a review of the financial case and a list of potential tenderers.

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

Education Committee

15 September 2004

19th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

1. Public petition PE 233: The Committee will review the Technology Teachers Association petition, considered by the previous Education, Culture and Sport Committee, in the light of recent correspondence from the petitioners and the Scottish Executive.

2. School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Environment and Rural Development Committee

15 September 2004

20th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 2

1. European issues: The Committee will consider an update from the Convener on European Issues.

2. Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC;

David Watson, Scottish Organiser - Unison, STUC;

Bobby Buirds, Regional Officer – Amicus, STUC;

Panel 2

Nigel Bromley, Chief Executive, Gemserv;

Ceri Jones, Regulation and Competition Director – Northumbrian Water, Water UK; and

Panel 3

Professor Alan Alexander, Chair, Scottish Water;

Dr Jon Hargreaves, Chief Executive, Scottish Water;

Douglas Millican, Finance Director, Scottish Water.

3. Dutch 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—

Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

Communities Committee

15 September 2004

24th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

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

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

3. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004: The Committee will consider the Scottish Executive’s draft guidance on the provisions in the Act.

4. The draft Charities and Trustees Investment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach in relation to pre-legislative work on the draft Bill.

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

Public Petitions Committee

15 September 2004

13th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

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—

PE758 Proposals for a statutory requirement on local authorities to employ Home Safety Officers. Jim Black, Chair, Home Safety Committee, Scottish Accident Prevention Council, will make a brief statement in support of his petition accompanied by Brian Topping, Vice Chair.

PE759 Displaying the names of judges serving on a judicial bench, recording of court proceedings and making such records available to the public. Robbie the Pict will make a brief statement in support of his petition.

PE763 Implementation of the Parliament’s Justice 1 Committee inquiry into the regulation of the legal profession. Julia Clarke on behalf of the Consumers’ Association will make a brief statement in support of her petition accompanied by Ajay Patel.

PE760 Provision and cost of electricity for Gypsy/Traveller sites and access to the Central Heating and Warm Deal Programme for people in mobile homes.

PE761 Declaration of membership of the Freemasons and other secret societies.

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

PE500 Increased payments to pensioners from the Scottish Transport Group Pension Funds. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and HM Treasury.

PE602 Proposals to allow local authorities to recover abandoned private sector properties. The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Communities, Shelter, the Empty Homes Agency and 20 local authorities.

PE644 Developing a more inclusive policy on domestic abuse. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE677 Improving the safety of shopworkers by promoting and resourcing Safer Shopping Partnerships. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE709 Inquiry into the health aspects and other devolved issues relating to Gulf War Syndrome. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Health and Community Care.

PE727 Immediate suspension of the tolls on the A87 between the Isle of Skye and mainland Scotland. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE733 Providing guidance to egg producers on relevant legislation regarding egg stamping. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE736 Legislative changes to ensure that impact on locality is taken into account when licences are granted for all ‘Houses of Multiple Occupation’. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive, City of Edinburgh Council, Glasgow City Council, Edinburgh University Accommodation Services and COSLA.

4. Proposed petitions: The Committee will consider the admissibility of the following proposed petitions—

Petition by Derek Cooney seeking a change in the law with regard to the appointment of Sheriffs in Scotland.

Petition by James Duff seeking a full inquiry as to why the Court of Session and the Court of Administration are refusing remedies.

5. Promoting the Public Petitions System: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk in relation to promoting the public petitions system.

6. Resubmission of petitions: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk in relation to seeking written evidence on the resubmission of petitions.

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee

16 September 2004

6th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 12.45 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Bill notification arrangements: The Committee will consider a memorandum prepared by the promoter on its notification arrangements.

 

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