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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.

Justice 1 Committee
1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Proposed bill on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading in Scotland : The Committee will consider the proposer’s statement of reasons for not consulting for a period of 12 weeks from the date of lodging the draft proposal for a bill to prohibit large retail premises from trading on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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

Part 1 Land Reform ( Scotland) Act 2003: Draft Guidance for Local Authorities and National Park Authorities (SE/2004/276) .

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider correspondence in relation to the following negative instrument—

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2004 (SSI 2004/513).

4. Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences ( Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider submissions of written evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1.

5. Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences ( Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Robert Ovens, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland; Douglas Keil Scottish Police Federation, and Tom Buchan, Association of Scottish Police Superintendents;

Gerard Brown, Convener of the Criminal Law Committee; Iain Fleming, member of the Criminal Law Committee, and Anne Keenan, Deputy Director of the Law Reform Department, The Law Society of Scotland;

Professor David Feldman, Director, Centre for Public Law, the University of Cambridge.


Education Committee
1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Gaelic Language ( Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.


Communities Committee
1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Charities and Trustee Investment ( Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1

Judith Sischy, Director, Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS);

Janet Allan, Principal, Donaldson’s College for the Deaf;

John Stoer, Headmaster, St Aloysius College;

Margaret Fowler, Bursar, Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School ;

David Mobbs, Chief Executive, Nuffield Hospitals;

Panel 2

Vanessa Taylor, Policy and Equalities Officer, Scottish Inter Faith Council;

Jeanette Wilson, Secretary, Scottish Churches Committee;

Ivan Middleton, Secretary, Humanist Society of Scotland.

3. Proposed bill on housing: The Committee will consider its approach to pre-legislative work on the proposed housing bill.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Inquiry into rural development (in private): The Committee will consider a draft programme for this inquiry.

Not before 11.30am

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

the Common Agricultural Policy Schemes (Cross-Compliance) ( Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/518); and

the Environmental Information ( Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/520)

and will take evidence from Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development .

3. Subordinate legislation: Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development, to move S2M-2197—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Waste ( Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

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

the Water Environment (Register of Protected Areas) ( Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/516); and

the Salmonella in Laying Flocks (Sampling Powers) ( Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/536).


Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that, subject to the Parliament’s approval of Business Motion S2M-2238 set out below, today’s business will be as follows:

2.15 pm Time for Reflection – David Searle, Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church, Arbroath

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-2236 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Decision Time—That the Parliament agrees under Rule 11.2.4 of Standing Orders that Decision Time on Wednesday 12 January 2005 be taken at 5.15 pm.

S2M-2238 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau : Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 12 January 2005—

Wednesday 12 January 2005

leave out from

followed by Education Committee Debate: 8th Report of the Education Committee on Child Protection Issues”

to

followed by Members’ Business: Debate on the subject of S2M-2216 Rosie Kane: Earthquake and Tsunami which hit the coasts of South Asia on Boxing Day 2004”

and insert

followed by Member’s Oath/Affirmation – Andrew Arbuckle

followed by Ministerial Statement on the Tsunami Disaster

followed by Education Committee Debate: 8th Report of the Education Committee on Child Protection Issues

followed by Motion on the Gambling Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.15 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business: Debate of the Subject of S2M-2216 Rosie Kane: Earthquake and Tsunami which hit the coasts of South Asia on Boxing Day 2004”

followed by Member’s Oath/Affirmation – Andrew Arbuckle

followed by Ministerial Statement on Tsunami Disaster

followed by Education Committee Debate: 8th Report of the Education Committee on Child Protection Issues—

S2M-2190 Robert Brown on behalf of theCommittee: Education Committee Report on Child Protection Issues—That the Parliament notes the 8th Report, 2004 (Session 2) of the Education Committee: Report on the Scottish Executive’s Implementation of Recommendations of the “It’s Everyone’s Job To Make Sure I’m Alright” Report (SP Paper 201); notes the Executive’s response to the report, and draws the attention of the Executive to the impact of disclosure requirements, particularly in light of the implementation of the provisions of the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003.

followed by Motion on the Gambling Bill - UK Legislation—

S2M-2118 Mr Tom McCabe: Gambling Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees the principle of including in the Gambling Bill provisions which confer powers on the Scottish Ministers, including powers to set fees and make regulations on the conditions to be attached to gambling premises’ licences and permits, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Business Motion—

S2M-2237 Ms Margaret Curranon behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau : Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 19 January 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Closing the Opportunity Gap

followed by Motion on Constitutional Reform Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 20 January 2005

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Further and Higher Education ( Scotland) Bill

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time—

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

Justice and Law Officers;

General Questions

3.00 pm Executive Debate: Climate Change

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 26 January 2005

2.15 pm Time for Reflection

followed by SPCB Question Time

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 27 January 2005

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

General Questions

3.00 pm Stage 1 Debate: Budget ( Scotland) (No.2) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-2234 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau : Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Smoking, Health and Social Care ( Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 29 April 2005.

S2M-2235 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Procedure (Amendment) ( Scotland) Act 2004 (Incidental, Supplemental and Consequential Provisions) Order 2005 be approved.

5.15 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-2216 Rosie Kane:Earthquake and Tsunami Which Hit the Coasts of South Asia on Boxing Day 2004—That the Parliament is horrified by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami which hit southern Asia and parts of Africa on Boxing Day, 2004; mourns the enormous loss of lives from Malaysia to Somalia, particularly in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, more than half of whom are expected to be children; congratulates NGOs like Oxfam, the Red Cross, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund and others for their instant and courageous response; is concerned that this region did not have the benefit of an early warning system, despite the fact that it sits on a known fault line; is concerned at the initial level of aid offered by the UK Government and believes that the current promised aid is inadequate and should be increased to meet the needs of the entire region; encourages everyone in Scotland to help in any way they can, commensurate with their means, and considers that the Scottish Executive and those in power should set an example above and beyond the support of the Scottish people to ensure that Scotland sends a clear message of support in both words and deeds.


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