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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.

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Audit Committee
10th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in private.

2. AGS Report on Bowel Cancer Services: The Committee will consider lines of questioning for the witnesses at agenda item 5.

3. AGS Waste Management Report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled “Waste Management in Scottish Hospitals – a follow-up report” (AGS/2005/3).

4. AGS Section 22 Reports: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the section 22 reports by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled—

The 2003-04 Audit of Lews Castle College;

The 2003-04 Audit of West Lothian College; and

The 2003-04 Audit of Inverness College.

5. AGS Report on Bowel Cancer Services: The Committee will take evidence on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled “A Review of Bowel Cancer Services: An early diagnosis” (AGS/2005/2) from—

Dr Kevin Woods, Head of Scottish Executive Health Department and Chief Executive of the NHS in Scotland; David Steel, Chief Executive, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland; Mr Ian Finlay, Consultant Surgeon, Glasgow Royal Infirmary; Mrs Pauline Ferguson, Programme Manager, Cancer Services Improvement Programme, Centre for Change and Innovation ; and Mr Fergus Millan, Head of Screening and Surveillance Branch and Mrs Liz Porterfield, Head of Clinical Strategies: Cancer Branch, Scottish Executive.

6. AGS Report on Bowel Cancer Services: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 5. The Committee will also consider further arrangements for this inquiry.

7. AGS Waste Management Report: The Committee will consider its approach to the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled “Waste Management in Scottish Hospitals – a follow-up report” (AGS/2005/3).

8. AGS Section 22 Reports: The Committee will consider its approach to the section 22 reports by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled—

The 2003-04 Audit of Lews Castle College;

The 2003-04 Audit of West Lothian College; and

The 2003-04 Audit of Inverness College.

9. NHS Financial Performance Overview: The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled “Overview of the Financial Performance of the NHS in Scotland” (AGS/2004/12).

Finance Committee
14th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Efficient Government: The Committee will take evidence on civil service reform as part of its scrutiny of the Executive’s Efficient Government Initiative from—

Panel 1
Richard Parry, Reader in Social Policy, School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh; and

Professor Robert Pyper, Professor of Government and Public Management, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Panel 2
Professor Michael Barber, Director of Delivery Unit, Cabinet Office.

2. Reporter’s Inquiry into Transport Spending: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

3. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Family Law (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
16th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

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

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

Housing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

Licensing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

4. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on the following—

the Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/243); and

the Fireworks (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/245).

5. Executive response: The Committee will consider a response to general questions raised on the citation of the consultation requirements of Article 9 of Regulations (EC) No. 178/2002 in the preamble to relevant Scottish Statutory Instruments.

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

the Confirmation of Small Estates (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/251); and

the Prior Rights of Surviving Spouse (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/252).

7. Code of Practice not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Supporting Children’s Learning: Draft Code of Practice, (SE/2005/90).

8. Delegated legislation conference, Canberra, Australia: The Committee will consider a draft report.

9. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will consider and agree the main themes of its phase 1 report.

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee
7th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Witness lists and summaries: The Committee will consider the witness lists and summaries proposed for groups 20-36, 41, 43, 45 and 47.

2. Oral Evidence Timetable: The Committee will consider and agree its timetable for oral evidence gathering meetings for groups 20-36, 41, 43, 45 and 47.

3. Oral Evidence: The Committee will consider a paper on oral evidence-taking procedure and agree its approach to considering oral evidence.

Health Committee
14th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

the Feed (Corn Gluten Feed and Brewers Grains) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/246).

2. Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the frequency of Care Commission inspections from—

Helena Scott, Equalities Policy Officer, Age Concern Scotland;

Andy Sim, Health and Community Care Policy Officer, Age Concern Scotland;

Alan Dickson, Chief Executive, Capability Scotland;

Annie Gunner, Director, Community Care Providers Scotland;

Councillor Eric Jackson, Social Work and Health Improvement Spokesperson, COSLA;

Bob Christie, Corporate Advisor, COSLA;

Lesley Aitkenhead, East Lothian Community Care Forum;

Susan Munroe, Deputy Chairman, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care;

Will Mallinson, Manager, Edinburgh Advocacy and Representation Service (EARS) Independent Advocacy Service for Older People;

George Hunter, Chair, Community Care Standing Committee, Association of Directors of Social Work;

Adam Rennie, Head, Community Care Division, Scottish Executive Health Department;

Linda Gregson, Head, Care Standards and Sponsorship Branch, Scottish Executive Health Department;

Jacquie Roberts, Chief Executive, Care Commission; and

David Wiseman, Director of Strategic Development and Depute Chief Executive, Care Commission.

3. Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Justice 2 Committee

16th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Youth Justice Inquiry (in private): The committee will consider a draft report.

Local Government and Transport Committee
17th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Tavish Scott MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services;

Jacqueline Conlan, Bill Team Leader, Licensing (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Executive; and

John St Clair, Office of the Solicitor, Scottish Executive

3. Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the possible contents of its Stage 1 report.



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