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B : Business Programme
C : Agendas of Committee Meetings
D : Oral Questions selected for answer
E : Written Questions lodged
F : Motions and Amendments
G: Bills
H : New Documents
I : Petitions lodged
K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 129/2004

Tuesday 14 September 2004

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.

Audit Committee

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

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

24th Meeting, 2004

 

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

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

Tenements (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2

and may take evidence from Joyce Lugton, Bill Team Leader, Justice Department, Scottish Executive and Norman McLeod, Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive.

2. 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).

3. 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).

4. 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).

5. 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).

6. 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).

7. 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

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

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. Convener’s Report: The Convener 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

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

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.

 

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