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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

3rd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private and whether to take items at future meetings on its draft report on the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 in private.

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

Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice.

3. Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the evidence heard and agree its approach to the Bill at Stage 1.

Finance Committee

4th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Budget Process 2005-06: The Committee will consider the Executive’s response to the Committee’s Stage 2 Report and will seek further information from—

Tavish Scott MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Sector Reform; and

Richard Dennis, Team Leader, Finance Co-ordination and Iain Dewar, Efficient Government Team, Scottish Executive Finance and Central Services Department.

3. Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

4. Cross-cutting Expenditure Review on Economic Development: The Committee will consider a paper by the Adviser on the issues which have arisen from the Committee’s evidence as part of the review.

5. Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report.

Procedures Committee

2nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 5

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

Margaret Curran MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business, Nicol Stephen MSP, Minister for Transport, Colin Miller, Head of Constitution Unit, and Damian Sharp, Head of Public Transport Major Infrastructure Team, Scottish Executive,

and will then consider a summary of other evidence received, decide whether to recommend a new model for the consideration of applications for private legislation and consider how to proceed with the remainder of the inquiry.

2. Sewel Convention inquiry - witness expenses: The Committee will decide whether to delegate to the Convener responsibility for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses in the inquiry.

3. Sewel Convention inquiry: The Committee will further consider whom to invite to give oral evidence in the inquiry.

4. Commissioner for Public Appointments (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

5. Final review of oral questions (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report and draft standing order changes.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

4th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

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

Mr Michael Clancy, Director, Parliamentary Liaison, the Law Society of Scotland and Dr Aileen McHarg, Senior Lecturer in Public Law, Convenor of the Centre for Regulatory Studies, University of Glasgow.

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

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

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

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

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

Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

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

the Community Reparation Orders (Requirements for Consultation and Prescribed Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/18).

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

the Budget (Scotland) Act 2004 Amendment Order 2005, (draft).

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

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/34).

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

the Conservation of Salmon (Esk Salmon Fishery District) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/24);

the Parking Attendants (Wearing of Uniforms) (South Lanarkshire Council Parking Area) (No.2) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2005/35);

the Conservation of Salmon (River Annan Salmon Fishery District) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/37);

the Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/39); and

the Valuation for Rating (Decapitalisation Rate) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/41).

9. Draft Guidance subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—

Part 1 Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003: Draft Guidance for Local Authorities and National Park Authorities, (SE/2005/14).

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

the Higher Education Act 2004 (Commencement No.1) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/33); and

the Electronic Fingerprinting etc. Device Approval (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/36).

Enterprise and Culture Committee

3rd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Declarations of interest: Members of the Committee will make declarations of interest relevant to the remit of the Committee.

2. Business Growth inquiry: The Committee will consider a paper on the proposed structure of its Business Growth inquiry.

3. Business in the Parliament 2005: The Committee will consider a paper on the proposed structure for the Business in the Parliament 2005 conference and take evidence from:

Mike McElhinney, Head of Business and Trade Union Liaison, Scottish Enterprise, Transport, and Lifelong Learning Committee;

Rebecca Robinson, Policy Adviser, Business and Trade Union Liaison, Scottish Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department.

4. European Union State Aid: The Committee will consider a paper on European Union State Aid.

European and External Relations Committee

2nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 8 in private.

3. Draft Terms of Reference: The Committee will consider draft Terms of Reference for its proposed inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s input and preparations for the forthcoming G8 Summit and the UK Presidency of the European Council.

4. 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

ECOFIN Council, 18 January

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 31 January-1 February

ECOFIN Council, 17 February

Education, Youth and Culture Council, 21 February

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 21 February

Previous Councils

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 21-22 December.

5. 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.

6. Convener’s report: The Convener will update the Committee on the—

Response received from the European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Joe Borg, to the Committee’s Report on the Role, Remit and Functions of the EU’s Fisheries Control Agency

Letter from Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform, following up his appearance at the Committee meeting of 7th December 2004

Update on preparations for the Committee’s visit to the EU Institutions in Brussels on Feb 28-1 March.

7. Burning of Sewage Sludge Pellets: The Committee will consider a note from the Legal Adviser concerning the issue of burning sewage sludge pellets and EU regulations relating to the burning of waste as fuel.

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

Health Committee

4th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 8 and 9 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: Rhona Brankin MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, to move motion S2M-2333—

that the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/34) be approved.

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

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

4. Access to Dental Health Services in Scotland: The Committee will receive a briefing on the findings of its commissioned research from—

Professor Tim Newton, Professor Alison Williams and Dr Elizabeth Bower, Department of Oral Health Services Research and Dental Public Health, Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Dental Institute, King’s College London.

5. Access to Dental Health Services in Scotland follow-up: The Committee will consider options for further action following the publication of its commissioned research.

6. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions—

PE 247 by Epilepsy Action Scotland: Epilepsy Service Provision;

PE 374 by Dr Steve Gilbert: Chronic Pain Management;

PE 398 by Helen McDade: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS);

PE 452 and PE 538 by James Mackie and PE 577 by Steve Law, Action Against Autism: Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD);

PE 474 by James Mackie: Heavy Metal Poisoning;

PE 475 by Speakability: Aphasia; and

PE 572 by Patrick and Jennifer Woods: Multiple Sclerosis (Respite Homes).

7. Workforce planning chamber event: The Committee will consider practical arrangements for the event.

8. Abolition of Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Bill at Stage 1.

9. Eating disorders inquiry: The Committee will consider the main themes to be included in its draft report.

Justice 2 Committee

4th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private.

3. Subordinate legislation: Cathy Jamieson MSP, Minister for Justice, to move the following motion—

S2M-2195 That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Minister etc.) Order 2005 be approved.

4. Youth Justice Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence on the Youth Justice Inquiry from—

Cathy Jamieson MSP, Minister for Justice, Stella Perrott, Children and Families Division, and Kit Wyeth, Youth Justice and Children’s Hearings Division.

5. Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill currently before the UK Parliament.

Local Government and Transport Committee

5th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

3. Inquiry into issues arising from the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001: The Committee will consider a draft report.



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