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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.

Communities Committee
8th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

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

Ann Coleman, Community Development Advisor, Greengairs Environmental Forum, Greengairs Community Council;

Harald Tobermann, Chairman, Pilrig Residents’ Association;

Douglas Murray, Secretary, Association of Scottish Community Councils;

Jean Charsley, Secretary, Hillhead Community Council;

Deryck Irving, Senior Development Officer, Greenspace Scotland;

Petra Biberbach, Executive Director, Planning Aid for Scotland;

Adam Gaines, Director, Disability Rights Commission, Equalities Co-ordinating Group;

Stuart Hashagen, Co-Director, Scottish Community Development Centre;

Roger Sidaway, Scottish Mediation Network; and

Anna Barton, Community Liaison Officer, Caringorms National Park Authority.

2. Petition PE924: The Committee will consider petition PE924 by the Cumbernauld Mast Relocation Group calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to ban the siting of 3G and Tetra masts in residential areas until all the evidence which suggests they are a health risk has been examined by the Parliament.

3. Draft Scottish Planning Policy SPP 4 - Mineral Working: The Committee will consider a paper on Draft Scottish Planning Policy SPP 4 - Mineral Working.

Education Committee
6th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

2. Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill: The Committee will agree a timetable and order of consideration for Stage 2 of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill.

3. Proposed Adoption Bill: The Committee will agree a remit for an adviser.

4. Work Programme: The Committee will note its future work programme.

5. Early years inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
8th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Inquiry into developments in the biomass industry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Elaine Hanton, Senior Renewable Energy Manager, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

Ken MacDonald, Head of Economic Development, Perth and Kinross Council;

Audrey Martin, Senior Development/Planning Officer, Argyll and Bute Council;

Panel 2

Dr James Pendlebury, Business Policy Adviser;

Rebecca Carr, Wood Fuel Project Officer;

Richard Earle, Business Units Sustainability Project Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland;

Panel 3

Rhona Brankin MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development;

Dr Bob McIntosh, Director, Forestry Commission Scotland; and

Christine McKay, Renewables and Consents Policy Unit, Scottish Executive.

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

the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Slaughter and Vaccination) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/45);

the TSE (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/46); and

the Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/51).

4. Crofting Reform etc. Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Bill at Stage 1 should it be designated as lead committee.

Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill Committee
1st Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Declaration of interests: Members will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

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

4. Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Public Petitions Committee
5th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—

PE934 To review the Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 1999. Dr J W Hinton will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Dr Richard Burton.

PE938 For clear, transparent and meaningful public consultation when changes are proposed to public health services. Dr Patrick Mcnally will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition.

PE936 To review the public health implications of siting oil depots in residential areas.

PE935 To ensure that when a Procurator Fiscal does not consider it in the public interest to proceed to a criminal prosecution, a full written explanation is provided to the alleged victim of the crime.

PE939 Severance payment for councillors as provided for in the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004.

2. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—

PE817 Reform of the law of trust. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE805 Review of the National Parks (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE880 Local authority democratic accountability and accessibility of local elected representatives. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive, the Electoral Commission Scotland and Renfrewshire Council.

PE885 Amendment of Scots criminal law relating to sex offences. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Law Commission and the Scottish Executive.

PE887 Review of the long term planning, social, economic and transportation issues surrounding the creation of "new towns", such as Cumbernauld. The Committee will consider responses from North Lanarkshire Council, Architecture and Design Scotland, the Royal Incorporation of Architects and the Scottish Executive.

PE825 To ensure that every Scottish secondary school provides lockers for pupils’ use to stop pupils having to carry heavy bags throughout the school day, potentially causing back problems. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE876 To conduct an inquiry into the future prospects for the Scottish haulage industry and any knock-on impact for the Scottish economy. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive, the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, the TGWU, the Confederation of Forest Industries and CBI.

PE894 To consider investment in infrastructure, rolling stock and timetabling as part of a strategic root and branch review of the provision of rail services between Inverness, Thurso and Wick. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive, First ScotRail, Network Rail, the Highland Rail Partnership, Friends of the Far North Line and Friends of the Earth.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Mrs Liz Hood, Business Education Teacher at Perth Academy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: International Women’s Day, 8 March 2006—

S2M-4063 Malcolm Chisholm: International Women’s Day, 8 March 2006—That the Parliament notes the significance of 8 March 2006 as International Women’s Day; endorses the role which this day plays in recognising, promoting and celebrating women’s issues worldwide; congratulates the many groups and organisations which, and individuals who, strive for gender equality and to create a fairer and more equal society for women in Scotland, and, in particular, acknowledges the wide range of Scottish Executive work to advance the women’s agenda in Scotland.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendment

S2M-4063.1 Ms Sandra White: International Women’s Day, 8 March 2006—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4063) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, insert at end "however, notes that 30 years after the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 came into force, the pace of change remains painfully slow; further notes with great concern the trafficking of women throughout Europe, and calls on the Executive to do all in its power to stop this horrific practice."

followed by Business Motions—

S2M-4079 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 15 March 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Improving the Legislative Process

followed by Members’ Business: S2M-3890 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: The Importance of Play

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 16 March 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Major Public Transport Projects update

followed by Appointment of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner

followed by Non-Executive Business: Independents’ Group

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Communities;

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm Justice 1 Committee Debate: European Commission Green Papers on Applicable Law in Divorce and Succession and Wills

followed by European and External Relations Committee Debate: 4th Report 2005, An Inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s Fresh Talent Initiative Examining the Problems It Aims to Address, Its Operation, Challenges and Prospects

followed by Company Law Reform Bill Legislative Consent Motion – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 22 March 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 23 March 2006

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

S2M-4075 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 31 March 2006.

S2M-4076 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 25 May 2006.

S2M-4077 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 21 April 2006.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-4065 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2005 Amendment (No. 2) Order 2006 be approved.

S2M-4066 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be referred to the Justice 2 Committee.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-3928 Maureen Macmillan: 21st Anniversary of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation—That the Parliament recognises the importance to Scotland of wild salmon conservation; further recognises the vital work undertaken by the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO), the only international treaty organisation based in Scotland, and welcomes the 21st anniversary of the establishment of NASCO.

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