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Section A – Today’s Business

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Audit Committee

3rd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in private.

2. AGS Section 22 reports and laid accounts: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for (Scotland) on section 22 reports by the Auditor General for (Scotland) entitled—

    The 2003/04 Audit of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration

    The 2003/04 Audit of Forest Enterprise (Scotland)

    The 2003/04 Audit of the Water Industry Commissioner for (Scotland)

    The 2002/03 Audit of the Water Industry Commissioner for (Scotland)

    The 2003/04 Audit of the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care

    The 2003/04 Audit of the Scottish Executive Consolidated Resource Accounts

    The 2003/04 Audit of the NHS Pension Scheme (Scotland) Accounts

    The 2003/04 Audit of the Scottish Teachers’ Pension Scheme (Scotland) Accounts; and the Scottish Executive Consolidated Resource Accounts 03/04.

3. Scottish Prison Service: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for (Scotland) on the report by the Auditor General for (Scotland) entitled “Scottish Prison Service: Correctional opportunities for prisoners” (AGS/2005/1).

4. Audit (Scotland) Study Programme 2005/06: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for (Scotland) on the Study Programme for Audit (Scotland) 2005/06.

5. AGS Section 22 Reports and laid accounts: The Committee will consider its approach to the section 22 reports by the Auditor General for (Scotland) listed at agenda item 2 and the Scottish Executive Consolidated Resource Accounts 03/04.

6. Scottish Prison Service: The Committee will consider its approach to the report by the Auditor General for (Scotland) entitled “Scottish Prison Service: Correctional opportunities for prisoners” (AGS/2005/1).

7. National Galleries: The Committee will consider arrangements for its inquiry into 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 (in private): The Committee will consider an issues paper on its inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for (Scotland) entitled “ The 2003/04 Audit of Argyll and Clyde Health Board.”

9. NHS Financial Performance Overview: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at its last meeting for its inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for (Scotland) entitled “Overview of the Financial Performance of the NHS in (Scotland)” (AGS/2004/12).

Finance Committee

5th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum from—

Panel 1

Paul Waterson, Chief Executive and Stuart Ross, Immediate Past Chairman, Scottish Licensed Trade Association;

Hilary Robertson, Director and Susan Aitken, Policy Officer, Scottish NHS Confederation; and

Councillor Eric Jackson, Social Work and Health Improvement Spokesperson, COSLA, Alan McKeown, Team Leader, Health and Social Care Team, COSLA and Gordon Greenhill, Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health.

Panel 2

Hilary Robertson, Director and Susan Aitken, Policy Officer, Scottish NHS Confederation

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence as part of its consideration of the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2004 Amendment Order 2005 from—

Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Sector Reform and

Richard Dennis, Team Leader, Finance Co-ordination, Scottish Executive; Iain Leitch, Director, Resources and Governance and Derek Croll, Head of Financial Resources, Scottish Parliament

3. Subordinate legislation: Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Sector Reform to move (S2M- 2358 ) - That the Finance Committee recommends that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2004 Amendment Order 2005 be approved.

4. Water Services etc (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Supplementary Financial Memorandum from—

Clare Morley, Water Services etc (Scotland) Bill Team Leader, Andrew Scott, Head of Water Division and David Wallace, Air, Climate and Engineering Division, Scottish Executive

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee

3rd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Draft Preliminary Stage Report (in private): The Committee will consider its draft Preliminary Stage report.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

5th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework in (Scotland): The Committee will receive a briefing from Professor Alan Page, the Committee’s adviser on European issues relating to its inquiry.

2. Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework in (Scotland): The Committee will take evidence from—

    Alan Mitchell, Head of Policy, CBI (Scotland),

    Susan Love, Policy Development Officer, Federation of Small Businesses in (Scotland),

    David Lonsdale, Policy Officer, Scottish Chambers of Commerce,

    Brian Jamieson, Director of Legal and Company Secretary, Scottish Enterprise.

3. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive on the delegated powers provisions in the following Bill—

    Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

4. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive on the delegated powers provisions in the following Bill—

    Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

    Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill as introduced.

6. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive on the delegated powers provisions in the following Bill—

    Fire (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2.

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

    the Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (draft);

    the Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (draft);

    the Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (draft);

    the Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2005, (draft);

    the Landfill Allowances Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (draft); and

    the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2005, (draft).

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

    the Antisocial Behaviour (Noise Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/43);

    the European Communities (Matrimonial and Parental Responsibility Jurisdiction and Judgments) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/42);

    the Domestic Water and Sewerage Charges (Reduction) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/53); and

    the Water Service Charges (Billing and Collection) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/54).

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

Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules Amendment) (Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2004) 2005, (SSI 2005/44); and

the Waste and Emissions Trading Act 2003 (Commencement) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/52).

10. Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework in (Scotland) - witness expenses: The Committee will consider a paper on witness expenses.

Enterprise and Culture Committee

4th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 4 in private.

2. Employability Inquiry: The Committee will discuss an issues paper produced by SPICe on its prospective inquiry into employability.

3. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme for the period February to June 2005.

4. Review of Area Tourist Boards: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Local Government and Transport Committee

6th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

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

The Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (South Lanarkshire Council) Designation Order 2005 (SSI 2005/11);

The Road Traffic (Parking Adjudicators) (South Lanarkshire Council) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/13); and

The Non-Domestc Rate (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/14).

3. Trunk Road Maintenance Contracts: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

4. Transport (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft report.



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