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Contents
A : Daily Business List
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
K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 180/2004

Tuesday 7 December 2004

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meetings of Committees

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

Procedures Committee

16th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Private Bills: The Committee will take evidence from—

Alison Gorlov, partner, John Kennedy & Co., and Ian McCulloch, partner, Bircham Dyson Bell, on behalf of the Society of Parliamentary Agents,

and then from—

Tom Adam, Clackmannan Railway Concern Group (objectors to the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill).

3. Commissioner for Public Appointments: The Committee will take evidence from—

Karen Carlton, Commissioner for Public Appoinments in Scotland,

and then consider options for Parliamentary consideration of statutory consultations and reports by the Commissioner.

4. Visit to Dublin: Members who participated in the recent fact-finding visit to Dublin in connection with the Private Bills inquiry will report back to the Committee.

5. Final review of oral questions: The Committee will further consider the timing of First Minister’s Question Time and Question Time.

Audit Committee

22nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 7, 8 and 9 in private. It will also consider whether to take in private at its next meeting consideration of lines of questioning in relation to its inquiry into the section 22 report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "The 2003/04 Audit of Argyll and Clyde Health Board."

2. AGS Section 22 Report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the section 22 report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "The 2003/04 Audit of the National Galleries of Scotland."

3. Scottish Prison Service: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Prison Service on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Scottish Prison Service: Contract for the provision of prisoner escort and court custody services" (AGS/2004/10).

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

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

The Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Economy, efficiency and effectiveness examinations) (Specified bodies etc.) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/482).

6. Financial scrutiny of legislation: The Committee will consider a letter from the Convener of the Procedures Committee on the financial scrutiny of legislation.

7. AGS Section 22 Report: The Committee will consider its approach to the section 22 report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "The 2003/04 Audit of the National Galleries of Scotland."

8. AGS Section 22 Report on Argyll and Clyde Health Board Accounts: The Committee will consider arrangements for its inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "The 2003/04 Audit of Argyll and Clyde Health Board."

9. Commissioning Community Care Services for Older People and Management of Community Equipment: The Committee will consider the evidence taken on the reports by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Commissioning Community Care Services for Older People" (AGS/2004/8) and "Adapting to the future: management of community equipment and adaptations" (AGS/2004/9).

Finance Committee

32nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Cross Cutting Expenditure Review on Economic Development: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Downie, Scottish Press and Parliamentary Officer, Federation of Small Businesses Scotland; and Donald MacRae, Strategy and Finance Director, Lloyds TSB; and

George Kerevan, Comments Editor, The Scotsman; and Alf Young, Policy Editor, The Herald.

2. Efficient Government: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Executive’s publication Building a Better Scotland – Efficient Government from—

Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform; and

Colin McKay, Head of Efficient Government Team; and Richard Dennis, Finance Co-ordination Team Leader, Scottish Executive Finance and Central Services Department.

3. Budget process 2005-06 (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report.

4. Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report.

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee

11th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Oral evidence on the general principles of the Bill: The Committee will take oral evidence on the updated Preliminary Financial Case from—

Panel 1

Alison Bourne;

Patricia Craik;

Mr W F Raynal, Wester Coates Terrace Action Group;

Douglas Brown, Wester Coates Terrace Action Group;

Panel 2

Graeme Bissett, Finance Director, tie;

John Watt, Partner, Grant Thornton UK LLP;

Mark Bourke, Risk Manager, tie; and

Les Buckman, Principal Consultant, Steer Davies Gleave.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

34th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the response from the Promoter to the further point raised on the following Bills——

Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill at preliminary stage; and

Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill at preliminary stage.

2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive to points raised on the following Bill—

Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

3. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive to points raised on the following—

The Agricultural Holdings (Forms) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/497).

4. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2004 (Incidental, Supplemental and Consequential Provisions) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/draft).

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

The Building Standards Advisory Committee (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/506);

The Building (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/508);

The Control of Volatile Organic Compounds (Petrol Vapour Recovery) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/512);

The Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2004, (SSI 2004/513); and

The Water Environment (Register of Protected Areas) (Scotland) Regulations, (SSI 2004/516)

The Road User Charging (Exemption from Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/519).

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

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2004, (SSI 2004/510).

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

The Fees in the Registers of Scotland Amendment Order 2004, (SSI 2004/507);

The Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/511);

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No. 6) (Miscellaneous) 2004, (SSI 2004/514); and

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Messenger-at-Arms) 2004, (SSI 2004/515).

Enterprise and Culture Committee

28th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 3 and 4 in private.

2. Area Tourist Board Review: The Committee will take evidence from—

Philip Riddle, Chief Executive, VisitScotland;

Peter Lederer, Chairman, VisitScotland;

John Brown, Head of Tourism and Architectural Policy Division, Scottish Executive Education Department;

on the Area Tourist Board review.

3. Arts in the Community inquiry: The Committee will consider a draft report on its Arts in the Community inquiry.

4. Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

European and External Relations Committee

21st Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Promoting Scotland Worldwide - an Inquiry into the external relations policy, strategy and activities of the Scottish Executive: The Committee will hear from—

As a panel

Rt. Hon. Robin Cook MP; and

Professor Sir Neil MacCormick.

2. Promoting Scotland Worldwide - an Inquiry into the external relations policy, strategy and activities of the Scottish Executive: The Committee will hear from—

Rt. Hon Jim Wallace QC MSP, Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;

Julia Amour, Scottish Development International; and

Ann McVie, Higher Education and Science Division, Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department, Scottish Executive.

3. Promoting Scotland Worldwide - an Inquiry into the external relations policy, strategy and activities of the Scottish Executive: The Committee will hear from—

Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform; and

Officials, Finance and Central Services Department.

4. Scottish Executive’s International Strategy: The Committee will hear from—

Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform; and

Officials, Finance and Central Services Department.

5. Involvement of the Scottish Executive in activities during the UK Government’s Presidency of the European Union (July to December 2005) and the G8 summit: The Committee will hear from—

Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform; and

Officials, Finance and Central Services Department.

Health Committee

29th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

2. Proposed Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a statement of reasons for not consulting on the draft proposal and may take evidence from—

Colin Fox MSP; and

David Cullum, Non-Executive Bills Unit.

3. Workforce planning inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

4. Prohibition of Smoking in Regulated Areas (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

5. Proposed health bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the proposed bill and arrangements for its proposed fact finding visit to Ireland

Local Government and Transport Committee

28th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 5 and 6 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

The Police Pensions Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/486).

3. Transport (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Councillor Alison Magee, Transport Spokesperson, COSLA;

Councillor Andrew Burns, Transport Spokesperson, City of Edinburgh Council, COSLA;

Councillor Dr Joan Mitchell, Chair, Planning and Environment Committee, Dumfries and Galloway Council, COSLA;

James Fowlie, Policy Manager, COSLA;

Findlay Taylor, Co-Chair, Roads Authorities and Utilities Committee (Scotland);

Bill Barker, Chairperson, South West Roads Authorities and Utilities Committee (Scotland);

David Morrison, Managing Director, Turriff Contractors Ltd;

Stuart Ross, Operations Manager, Alfred McAlpine Infrastructure Services Ltd;

Jim Shields, Business Development Director, Alfred McAlpine Infrastructure Services Ltd;

Alan Watt, Chief Executive, CECA (Scotland); and

Iain Duff, Chief Economist, Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

4. Petition PE568: The Committee will consider a paper on PE568 from the Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance on the provision of accessible and affordable taxis.

5. Sewel Motions: The Committee will consider its approach to forthcoming Sewel motions.

6. Inquiry into issues arising from the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001: The Committee will consider the possible contents of its report.

 

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