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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.

Audit Committee
14th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. NHS Financial Performance Overview and NHS Argyll and Clyde (in private): The Committee will consider lines of questioning for the witness at agenda item 3.

2. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 7, 8, 9 and 10 in private.

3. NHS Financial Performance Overview and NHS Argyll and Clyde: The Committee will take evidence on Scottish Executive Health Department responses to its reports entitled—

5th report 2005 “Overview of the Financial Performance of the NHS in Scotland 2003/04” and 1st report 2005 “The 2003/04 Accounts of NHS Argyll and Clyde”

from—

Dr Kevin Woods, Head of the Scottish Executive Health Department and Chief Executive of the NHS in Scotland; Alistair Brown, Head of Performance Management; Mike Palmer, Deputy Director of Human Resources; Jill Alexander, Head of Analytical Services; and Julie McKinney, Finance Manager, Scottish Executive Health Department.

4. AGS Report on Delayed Discharges: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled “Moving on? An overview of delayed discharges in Scotland” (AGS/2005/4).

5. AGS Report on Medicines in Hospital: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled “A Scottish prescription: Managing the use of medicines in hospitals” (AGS/2005/5).

6. Scottish Prison Service: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the section 22 report entitled “The 2004/05 Audit of the Scottish Prison Service”.

7. NHS Financial Performance Overview and NHS Argyll and Clyde: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 2.

8. Consideration of Approach to AGS Reports: The Committee will consider its approach to the reports by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled “Moving on? An overview of delayed discharges in Scotland” (AGS/2005/4), “A Scottish prescription: Managing the use of medicines in hospitals” (AGS/2005/5) and the section 22 report entitled “The 2004/05 Audit of the Scottish Prison Service”.

9. AGS Section 22 Reports: The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into 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

The 2003-04 Audit of Inverness College.

10. AGS Report on Bowel Cancer Services: The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled “A Review of Bowel Cancer Services: An early diagnosis” (AGS/2005/2).

Finance Committee
20th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a new Deputy Convener.

3. Efficient Government: The Committee will consider a paper from the budget adviser.

4. Budget Process 2006-07: The Committee will consider a paper from the budget adviser and will also consider guidance for the Parliamentary subject committees.

5. Subordinate Legislation Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework in Scotland: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Convener of the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

6. Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Financial Memorandum for the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill.

7. St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
25th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

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

the Tuberculosis (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/434).

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

the Dissolution of Funding Councils (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/437);

the Registration of Fish Sellers and Buyers and Designation of Auction Sites (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/438);

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (Transfer of Scottish Homes Property and Liabilities) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/439);

the Mental Health (Period for Appeal) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/441);

the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (Procedure and Delegation of Functions) (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/442);

the Mental Health (Certificates for Medical Treatment) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/443);

the Mental Health (Forms and Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/444);

the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Modification of Subordinate Legislation) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/445);

the Mental Health (Class of Nurse) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/446);

the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/448);

the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/449);

the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/450);

the Legal Aid in Contempt of Court Proceedings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/451);

the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Transitional and Savings Provision) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/452); and

the Fire and Rescue Services (Framework) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/453).

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

the Mental Health (Class of Nurse) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2005, (SSI 2005/447); and

the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No.1) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/454).

4. Sewel Convention: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Convener of the Procedures Committee in relation to the Sewel Convention.

5. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will consider the response from the Scottish Executive to its phase 1 report on the inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland.

Enterprise and Culture Committee
19th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

2. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a Deputy Convener.

3. Inquiry into business growth: The Committee will take evidence from—

Tony Amor, Chief Executive, ITI Energy, John Chiplin, Chief Executive, ITI Life Sciences, David Creed, Chief Executive, ITI Techmedia, and Roger Dickinson, Chief Executive, ITI Operations;

Gerard Kelly, Scottish Enterprise, and Gavin Don, Equitas;

Peter Syme, David Sigsworth and Ricky Muir-Simpson, ACM Catalyst.

4. Reform of bankruptcy and diligence law: The Committee will consider whether to seek approval to appoint an adviser on forthcoming legislation to reform bankruptcy and diligence law.

5. St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider emerging issues from its consideration of the general principles of the Bill.

Health Committee
22nd 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 agenda items 6 and 7 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, to move the following motions—

S2M-3237— That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.9) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/421) be approved; and

S2M-3238— That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.10) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/431) be approved.

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

the Mental Health (Specified Persons’ Correspondence) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/408);

the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (Practice and Procedure) Rules 2005, (SSI 2005/420);

the Regulation of Care (Prescribed Registers) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/432); and

the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/435).

4. National Framework for Service Change in the NHS in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from Professor David Kerr, Chair of the Advisory Group, on its report.

5. Budget Process 2006-07: The Committee will take evidence from the following officials from the Scottish Executive Health Department on the Efficient Government Programme—

Dr Kevin Woods, Head of Health Department and Chief Executive of NHS in Scotland;

Scott Haldane, Finance Director, NHS National Services Scotland;

Professor Bill Scott, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer; and

Adam Rennie, Head of Community Care Division.

6. Budget Process 2006-07: The Committee will consider the main themes of its evidence session in order to inform the drafting of its report on the 2006-07 Draft Budget.

7. Abolition of Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will give further consideration to the format and timetable for its oral evidence taking at Stage 1.

Justice 2 Committee
22nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Local Government and Transport Committee
24th 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. Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

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