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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.

Communities Committee

14th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3).

Justice 1 Committee

13th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3).

3. Annual Report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 7 May 2004 to 6 May 2005.

4. Family Law (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will receive a briefing on issues related to the Bill from Professor Kenneth Norrie, the Committee’s Adviser for the Bill, and Sarah Harvie-Clark, Research Specialist, Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee

5th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Consideration Stage: The Committee will consider a paper on Witness lists and Witness Summaries, final groupings and lead objectors, the timetable for oral evidence-taking and a proposed site visit.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Father Raymond Jaconelli, Abbot of Nunraw, Haddington

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Business Motion—

S2M-2757 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 11 May 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: 4th Report 2005, Report on Private Legislation

followed by Justice 1 Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2005, Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Rehabilitation in Prisons

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 12 May 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Schools/Colleges Review

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Veterans

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 18 May 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Enterprise and Culture Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2005, Restructuring Scotland’s Tourism Industry: Report on the Review of Area Tourist Boards

followed by European and External Relations Committee Debate: 1st Report 2005, An Inquiry into the Promotion of Scotland Worldwide: The Strategy, Policy and Activities of the Scottish Executive

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 19 May 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;

Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

and (b) that Stage 2 of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill be completed by 15 June 2005.

2.35 pm General Question Time—

1. Mike Watson: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to improve public health. (S2O-6618)

2. Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Fife Council regarding teacher staffing levels. (S2O-6573)

3. Janis Hughes: To ask the Scottish Executive how Tartan Day will benefit tourism. (S2O-6597)

4. Rosie Kane: To ask the Scottish Executive what preparations the NHS has made to address any health hazards to local residents arising from the M74 extension. (S2O-6553)

5. Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what its approach is to the disposal of nuclear waste from redundant nuclear submarines. (S2O-6633)

6. Sarah Boyack: To ask the Scottish Executive how it intends to finance continued investment in public services. (S2O-6589)

7. Irene Oldfather: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in reducing fuel poverty and delivering the central heating programme for older people. (S2O-6615)

8. Mr John Swinney: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to implement the Futurebuilders Scotland programme. (S2O-6583)

9. Not Lodged

10. Patrick Harvie: To ask the Scottish Executive what its response is to the report, Generation Squalor, published by Shelter in March 2005. (S2O-6632)

2.55 pm First Minister’s Question Time—

1. Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Prime Minister and what issues will be discussed. (S2F-1615)

2. David McLetchie: To ask the First Minister what issues will be discussed at the next meeting of the Scottish Executive’s Cabinet. (S2F-1616)

3. Colin Fox: To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive will take to address inequalities highlighted by the report published in the April edition of the British Medical Journal which concludes that the gap between life-expectancy in rich and poorer areas has not been wider since Victorian times. (S2F-1625)

4. Christine May: To ask the First Minister what measures it is taking to assist young people and first-time buyers into the housing market. (S2F-1620)

5. Iain Smith: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive’s priorities will be in the 2006 spending review. (S2F-1627)

6. Alex Neil: To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Executive’s policy is in relation to the detention of children under 16 in prison. (S2F-1617)

3.25 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers

1. Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to increase the recruitment of police officers. (S2O-6593)

2. Scott Barrie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review sentencing guidelines for motoring offences that result in fatalities. (S2O-6588)

3. Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives are under way with other agencies, local authorities and education departments to reduce the levels of offending among young people. (S2O-6626)

4. Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to eradicate sectarianism. (S2O-6590)

5. Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the basis on which bail is granted for those charged with murder or culpable homicide. (S2O-6549)

6. Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what project management methodology was used for the project designed to replace the criminal history system database. (S2O-6584)

7. Karen Whitefield: To ask the Scottish Executive what role youth courts can play in reducing youth offending. (S2O-6619)

8. Withdrawn

9. Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how the criminal history system replacement project is being funded. (S2O-6627)

10. Mary Scanlon: To ask the Scottish Executive what action will be taken in light of research by NAPO, the probation union, on electronically-monitored curfew orders in England and Wales. (S2O-6557)

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport

1. Ms Rosemary Byrne: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that workers who become redundant are retrained. (S2O-6550)

2. Des McNulty: To ask the Scottish Executive what proportion of graduates whose student loans are due to be repaid are either in arrears or are deemed to be defaulting. (S2O-6610)

3. Not Lodged

4. Dennis Canavan: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions it has had with Scottish Enterprise regarding its relations with its employees. (S2O-6551)

5. Not Lodged

6. Mr Duncan McNeil: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote enterprise and business in the Inverclyde area. (S2O-6608)

7. Withdrawn

8. Gordon Jackson: To ask the Scottish Executive what representations it has made to the UK Government regarding the European Commission’s plans to reform state aid and the potential impact on the Executive’s ability to provide financial assistance to industry in Scotland. (S2O-6598)

9. Christine May: To ask the Scottish Executive what recent discussions have taken place with Fife Council and the Forth Estuary Transport Authority regarding transport issues in Fife. (S2O-6604)

10. Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action Scottish Enterprise is taking to help community enterprises to provide recycling services. (S2O-6562)

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

4.05 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-2726 Shiona Baird: Supporting Local Producers—That the Parliament notes the launch of the new farmers’ market at Stonehaven as a welcome addition to the many thriving markets in the north east of Scotland; acknowledges the continuing popularity and growth of farmers’ markets, "box" schemes and community-supported agriculture initiatives across the whole of Scotland; recognises that many consumers are becoming increasingly selective about what they eat and are now consciously rejecting mass-produced, remotely-sourced food in favour of fresh seasonal produce that is grown or reared locally; congratulates local farmers and producers for establishing a range of enterprising initiatives to respond to growing consumer demand for such produce in their areas, and considers that shoppers should actively support Stonehaven’s initiative and other examples of sustainable local enterprise which benefit the local producer, the local consumer and the local economy.



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