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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.

Equal Opportunities Committee

2nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will hear evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1

Rosemary Burnett, Amnesty International Scotland

Susan Elsley, Save the Children Scotland

Simon Hodgson, Scottish Refugee Council

Dr Inge Baumgartner, World Health Organisation (WHO)

Panel 2

Comfort Momoh, Royal College of Midwives

Dr Pamela Buck, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

2. Disability Discrimination Bill: The Committee will take oral evidence on the Disability Discrimination Bill currently before the UK Parliament from—

Kate Higgins, Capability Scotland

Bob Benson, Lynn Welsh, Disability Rights Commission (DRC)

Norman Dunning, Enable

Bill Campbell, Inclusion Scotland.

Finance Committee

2nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

Lucy McTernan, Director of Corporate Affairs, and Paul White, Director of Networks, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations; then

Richard Arnott, Head, and Quentin Fisher, Deputy Head, Bill Team, Scottish Executive Development Department and Jane Ryder, Chief Executive, Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator.

2. Transport (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Bill’s Financial Memorandum.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

2nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

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

Transport (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Sweeteners in Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/548).

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

the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (Modification) Order 2005, (draft).

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

the Food Labelling (Added Phytosterols or Phytostanols) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/1);

the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/3); and

the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/9).

Procedures Committee

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 6

1. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private, and whether to consider draft reports on the Commissioner for Public Appointments and on Private Bills in private at its next meeting.

2. Sewel Convention inquiry: The Committee will consider a draft remit and prospective witnesses for the inquiry.

3. Minor Rule-changes: The Committee will consider a draft report.

4. Final Review of Oral Questions: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Health Committee

2nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 12.45 pm in Viewmount, Stonehaven

1. Eating disorders inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Grainne Smith, North East Eating Disorders Support (NEEDS) and Scottish Eating Disorders Interest Group (SEDIG)

Patrick Duffy, NEEDS

Deirdre McDonald, NEEDS;

Panel 2

Dr Harry Millar, Consultant Psychiatrist, Royal Cornhill Hospital

Dr Alex Yellowlees, Medical Director, Priory Hospital; and

Panel 3

Dr Alan Green, Medical Director, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Dr Roelf Dijkhuizen, Medical Director, NHS Grampian.

Enterprise and Culture Committee

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Christine May MSP.

2. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 9 in private.

3. A Smart Successful Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Rt Hon Jim Wallace MSP, on the revised Smart Successful Scotland strategy.

4. Individual Learning Accounts: The Committee will receive an update from the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Rt Hon Jim Wallace MSP, on progress on the relaunch of the Individual Learning Accounts scheme.

5. Green Jobs Strategy: The Committee will receive an update from the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Rt Hon Jim Wallace MSP, on progress on the Executive’s Green Jobs Strategy.

6. Renewable Energy in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, on the Scottish Executive’s response to the Committee’s 6th Report 2004 ‘Renewable Energy in Scotland’ (SP Paper 194).

7. Transport (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Alasdair Smith, Communications Director, British Airports Authority (BAA) plc;

Eddie Biber, Group Property Solicitor, British Airports Authority (BAA) plc;

Eoghainn CM MacLean, Advocate, Glasgow Prestwick International Airport (GPIA) plc;

David Grant, Director of Property and Retailing, Glasgow Prestwick International Airport (GPIA) plc;

on the Transport (Scotland) Bill.

8. Scottish Rugby Union: The Committee will consider a proposal to take evidence on the current developments within the Scottish Rugby Union.

9. Transport (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Local Government and Transport Committee on its Stage 1 scrutiny of the Transport (Scotland) Bill.

European and External Relations Committee

1st 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 6 in private.

2. 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

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 24-25 January

Previous Councils

Energy Council, 29 November

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 6-7 December

Transport and Telecommunications Council, 9-10 December

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 13 December

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 21-22 December

3. 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.

4. Transposition and implementation of EU legislation in Scotland: The Committee will consider an update from the Scottish Executive.

5. Convener’s Report: The convener will update the Committee on the–

Responses to the Committee’s Report on the Role, Remit and Functions of the EU’s Fisheries Control Agency from the Scottish Executive and from Ben Bradshaw MP, Minister for Nature Conservation and Fisheries.

Public address in the Scottish Parliament by the Luxembourg Ambassador to the UK on 27th January 2005, to be hosted by the Convener.

Debrief on the Committee’s Away Day held on the 14th January 2005 in Glasgow City Chambers.

6. Promoting Scotland worldwide: An Inquiry into the external relations policy, strategy and activities of the Scottish Executive: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Justice 2 Committee

2nd 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 item 5 in private.

2. Inquiries Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Inquiries Bill currently before the UK Parliament from—

John Elliot, Chairman of the Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals.

3. Subordinate legislation: Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice, to move the following motion—

S2M-2196 That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2005 be approved.

4. Fire (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

5. Serious and Organised Crime and Police Bill: The Committee will receive a briefing from Scottish Executive officials on the Serious and Organised Crime and Police Bill currently before the UK Parliament.

Local Government and Transport Committee

2nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Railways Bill - UK Legislation (in private): The Committee will receive a briefing from its adviser.

2. Railways Bill - UK Legislation: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Rob Henderson, Group Finance Director, Network Rail; and

Paul Plummer, Director of Corporate Planning and Regulatory Affairs, Network Rail.

Panel 2

Tim Martin, Director of Infrastructure and Economic Regulation, The Office of Rail Regulation;

John Thomas, Deputy Director of Economic Regulation, The Office of Rail Regulation; and

Paul McMahon, Head of Regulatory Economics, The Office of Rail Regulation.

Panel 3

Jonathan Riley, Director for Freight, Strategic Rail Authority; and

Stephen Bennett, Rail Projects and Sponsorship Team, Strategic Rail Authority.

Panel 4

Robert Samson, Director, Rail Passengers Committee (Scotland); and

John Clare, Member, Rail Passengers Committee (Scotland).

Panel 5

Dick King, Development Manager, The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA);

Kevin Lindsay, Scottish District Secretary, Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF);

Phil MaGarry, Regional Organiser, Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT); and

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC)

3. Railways Bill - UK Legislation (in private): The Committee will receive a briefing from its adviser.



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