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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.

Finance Committee
8th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

  1. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private, and whether to take the report on the Financial Memorandum on the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill and a briefing paper on Capital Trends in private at its next meeting.
  2. Time Series Data: The Committee will consider a paper on Scottish Executive Time Series Data.
  3. Financial Memoranda: The Committee will consider its approaches to the scrutiny of the Financial Memoranda for the Licensing (Scotland) Bill, the Family Law (Scotland) Bill and the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill.
  4. Relocation of Public Sector Jobs: The Committee will consider a draft response to the Scottish Executive on relocation policy and guidance.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
8th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 5

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

    Family Law (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

    the Non-Domestic Rating (Valuation of Utilities) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2005, (draft).

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

    the Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Areas and Rateable Value Limits) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/103);
    the Non-Domestic Rating (Former Agricultural Premises) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/104);
    the Non-Domestic Rating (Levying) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/126);
    the Non-Domestic Rating (Valuation of Utilities) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/127);
    the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/82);
    the National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/84);
    the Water Environment (Drinking Water Protected Areas) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/88);
    the Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order, (SSI 2005/90);
    the Dairy Produce Quotas (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/91);
    the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/92);
    the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/93);
    the Colours in Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/94);
    the National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/95);
    the Regulation of Care (Excepted Services) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 Partial Revocation Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/96);
    the Regulation of Care (Fees) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/97);
    the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/98);
    the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Divorces (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/100);
    the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/101);
    the Representation of the People (Variation of Limits of Candidates’ Local Government Election Expenses) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/102);
    the Valuation (Stud Farms) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/105);
    the Antisocial Behaviour (Fixed Penalty Offence) (Prescribed Area) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/106);
    the Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/107);
    the Health Boards (Membership and Procedure) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/108); and
    the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/109).

  4. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure : The Committee will consider the folllowing—
    1. the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.7) (Scotland) Order 2004 Partial Revocation Order 2005, (SSI 2005/89).

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

    the Diseases of Animals (Approved Disinfectants) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/99).

Audit Committee
5th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 2 and 3 in private. It will also consider whether to take in private at its next meeting consideration of a draft report in relation to its inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for Scotland “Overview of the Financial Performance of the NHS in Scotland” (AGS/2004/12) and consideration of an issues paper in relation to its inquiry into the section 22 report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled “The 2003/04 Audit of the National Galleries of Scotland.”

2. AGS Section 22 Report on Argyll and Clyde Health Board Accounts: The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the section 22 report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled “ The 2003/04 Audit of Argyll and Clyde Health Board.”

3. Commissioning Community Care Services for Older People and Management of Community Equipment : The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into 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).

Enterprise and Culture Committee
7th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

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

2. BBC internal reviews: The Convener will report to the Committee on discussions with BBC Scotland management about the internal reviews of the BBC announced in December 2004.

3. Procedures Committee inquiry into the Sewel convention: The Committee will consider what issues it wishes to bring to the attention of the Procedures Committee as part of the inquiry into the operation of the Sewel convention.

4. Scottish football: Richard Baker will report to the Committee on matters relating to Scottish football.

5. Inquiry into business growth: The Committee will consider possible candidates for the post of adviser to its inquiry into business growth.

European and External Relations Committee
4th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Scotland’s contribution to the G8 Summit and the UK Presidency of the EU 2005: The Committee will take evidence from—

G8 Summit – Preparatory Arrangements
Chief Constable John Vine QPM, Tayside Police
G8 Summit – Preparatory Arrangements
Ms Bernadette Malone, Chief Executive Perth and Kinross Council
G8 Summit – International Development
Paul Chitnis, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF).

2. 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.

3. Convener’s Report: The Convener will update the Committee on the—

Committee’s visit to Brussels on 28 February – 1 March
Letter from the Deputy First Minister on Regional Aid post -2006

Health Committee
7th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 3 and 5 in private.

2. Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Part 5 Authorisation of medical treatment

Panel 1

Dr Alan Jacques, Convener, Alzheimer Scotland
Nicola Smith, Legal Adviser, ENABLE
Sandra McDougall, Legal Officer, Scottish Association for Mental Health; and

Panel 2

Dr Mairi Scott, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners (Scotland)
Pat Dawson, Head of Policy and Communications, Royal College of Nursing
Robert Hamilton, British Dental Association.

3. Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session.

4. Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Part 5 Joint ventures

Panel 1

David Fox, Director, Turner and Townsend Management Solutions
Howard Forster, Partner, Health Sector Leader, EC Harris
Alex Macleod, Director, Skanska;

Panel 2

Alan McKeown, Health and Social Care Team Leader, CoSLA
Tim Huntingford, Chief Executive of West Dunbartonshire Council and Joint Chair of the Joint Premises Board, CoSLA
Hilary Robertson, Director, NHS Confederation
Susan Aitken, Policy Manager, NHS Confederation; and

Panel 3

John Park, Assistant Secretary, STUC
Dave Watson, Head of Policy and Information, UNISON Scotland.

5. Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session.

Justice 2 Committee
7th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: Hugh Henry MSP (Deputy Minister for Justice) to move the following motions—

S2M-2472 That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 be approved.

S2M-2473 That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved: and

S2M-2474 That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

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

The Police (Retention and Disposal of Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/80).

4. Procedures Committee Inquiry on the Sewel Convention: The Committee will consider a draft submission to the Procedures Committee Inquiry.

5. Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Bill at Stage 1.

Local Government and Transport Committee
9th 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 3 and 4 in private.

2. Tendering of Ferry Services in the Clyde and Hebrides: The Committee will take evidence from—

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC);
Ian McIntyre, Regional Officer, Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT);
Tom Kennedy, Negotiations Officer, Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA);
David Malcolm, Workplace Representative, National Union of Marine, Aviation and Shipping Transport Officers (NUMAST); and
John Docherty, Shop Steward, Transport and General Workers’ Union (TGWU).

3. Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider arrangements for its consideration of the Bill at Stage 1.

4. Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider possible candidates for the post of adviser.

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



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