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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

29th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Proposal for a Review of Executive Management of Public Finances: The Committee will consider a paper from the budget adviser.

2. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to take its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill and consideration of its future work programme in private at its next meeting.

3. Cross-cutting Inquiry into Deprivation (in private): The Committee will consider issues arising from evidence received for its cross-cutting inquiry into deprivation.

4. Budget Process 2006-07 (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Budget Process 2006-07.

Procedures Committee

15th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 4

1. Review of Parliamentary Time: The Committee will consider options for further evidence and for structuring the rest of the inquiry.

2. Forthcoming Committee debate: The Committee will consider a proposed bid to the Conveners’ Group for a Chamber debate on its report on procedures relating to Crown appointees.

3. Procedures relating to Crown appointees (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report and draft standing order changes.

4. Private Bill Committee assessors (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report and draft standing order changes.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

34th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following bill—

Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/584); and

the Bovine Products (Restriction on Placing on the Market) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/586).

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

the Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).

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

the Town and Country Planning (Limit of Annual Value) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/594);

the Fishery Products (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/597);

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/599);

the Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/605);

the Contaminants in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/606);

the Meat (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/607);

the Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/608);

the Scottish Homes (Dissolution) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/609); and

the Regulation of Care (Social Services Workers) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2005, (SSI 2005/611).

6. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (External Requests and Orders) Order 2005, (SI 2005/3181).

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

the Registration of Births, Still-births, Deaths and Marriages (Prescription of Forms) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/595);

the Marriage (Prescription of Forms) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/596); and

the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Commencement No.2) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/604).

Enterprise and Culture Committee

26th 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 in private agenda item 6 at this meeting and its approach to the report on its inquiry into business growth at its meeting on 13 December 2005.

2. St Andrews’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from–

Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform, Ian Donaldson, Head of International Strategy and Coordination Branch, Judy Torrance, Marketing Manager, International Projects Division, and Jane McLeod, Solicitor, Legal and Parliamentary Services.

3. St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to reconsideration of the bill at Stage 1.

4. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the bill at Stage 1 from—

Paul Cackette, Head, Andy Crawley, Bill Team Leader, and Beverley Francis, Bill Team Manager, Civil Justice Division, and Joyce Lugton, Property Law Team Leader, Civil Law Division, Scottish Executive.

5. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its initial approach to the bill at Stage 1.

6. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser to the Committee on the bill.

European and External Relations Committee

18th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. The European Commission’s Work Programme 2006 - Tracking issues identified by the Committee: Following its decision to keep a watching brief on the European Commission’s Work Programme for 2006, the Committee will consider an update paper.

2. Recent European and Scottish Executive Initiatives to improve Engagement with the EU: The Committee will consider a briefing paper from the Clerks.

3. 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

Environment Council, 2 December

ECOFIN Council, 6 December

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 8-9 December

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 12-13 December

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 19-21 December

Previous Councils

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 24-25 October

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 7 November

ECOFIN, 8 November

4. 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.

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

Consideration on whether to bid for Committee time in the Chamber to debate either the Fresh Talent Report or the European Commission’s Work Programme for 2006

Cabinet Office Report on the Better Regulation Conference held in Edinburgh on the 22-23 September 2005

Letter from the Chair of the European and External Affairs Committee of the National Assembly for Wales on subsidiarity

Email to the Scottish Executive regarding points relating to Pre- and Post-Council Scrutiny

Letter to the Scottish Executive concerning the Agriculture and Fisheries Council 22-24 November 2005

Letter to the European Commission regarding their complaints procedure relating to the Ferguson’s bid for Fisheries Protection Vessels Contract.

Health Committee

30th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

Justice 2 Committee

34th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Scottish Prison Complaints Commissioner: The Committee will take evidence from –

Vaughan Barrett, Commissioner, and Sarah Crawford, Casework Officer

on the Commissioner’s Annual Report for 2004/05.

2. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Firefighters Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/566).

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

PE763 by Julia Clarke on the regulation of the legal profession; and

PE890 by James A. Mackie on an independent police complaints commission.

Local Government and Transport Committee

32nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

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