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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.

Justice 1 Committee
27th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.15 am in Committee Room 4

1. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

3. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the remainder of the inquiry.

Education Committee
17th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

the Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/308);
the Education (Assisted Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/317);
the St Mary’s Music School (Aided Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/318);
the Education (Appeal Committee Procedures) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/322); and
the Registration of Independent Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/324).

2. Pupil motivation inquiry: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

3. Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
23rd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Petition PE807: The Committee will considerPetition PE807 by James Mackie calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to conduct an inquiry into the influence of supermarkets in the food chain, and to examine in particular safety issues arising from the use of chemicals to extend the shelf life of products and from central purchase and distribution and the impact of supermarket trading on local economies and small producers.

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

the Common Agricultural Policy (Wine) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/311);
the Seed (Registration, Licensing and Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/313);
the Plant Health (Potatoes) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/319);
the Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/335);
the Avian Influenza (Slaughter and Vaccination) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/337); and
the Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/341).

3. Proposed Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach at Stage 1, should the proposed bill be referred to it as lead committee. The Committee will also decide whether to consider a detailed evidence programme in private at its next meeting.

4. Crofting Reform etc. Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Public Petitions Committee
13th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

PE959 To ensure the continuation of Borderline Theatre Company’s innovative touring and lifelong learning programme.
PE970 To prevent the closure of 7:84 Theatre Company. The Committee will take evidence from Jim Tough, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Arts Council.

Health Committee
17th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the following instrument:

the General Dental Council (Professions Complementary to Dentistry) Regulations Order of Council 2006, (SI 2006/1440)

Members will hear from:

Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, Ray Watkins, Chief Dental Officer, Catherine Clark and Andrew Mackenzie, Health Department, the Scottish Executive.

and then from,

As a Panel:

Hew Mathewson, President, General Dental Council;
Andrew Lamb, National Director, British Dental Association Scotland;
Chris Allen, Clinical Dental Technicians Association;
Tony Griffin, Chair, Dental Technicians Association;
David Smith. Spokesperson for Registration, Dental Laboratories Association;
Tony Ward, Chairman, Association for the Promotion of Denturism and
Elena Graham, Chairman of the Council, British Association of Dental Nurses.

2. Subordinate Legislation: Mrs Nanette Milne is to move S2M-4568—

Mrs Nanette Milne:That the Health Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the General Dental Council (Professions Complementary to Dentistry) Regulations Order of Council 2006, (SI 2006/1440).

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

the Contaminants in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/306);
the National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme and Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/307);
the Human Tissue (Specification of Posts) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/309);
the Approval of Research on Organs No Longer Required for Procurator Fiscal Purposes (Specified Persons) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/310);
the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/314);
the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/320);
the National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/321);
the Human Tissue (Removal of Body Parts by an Authorised Person) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/327);
the Anatomy (Specified Persons and Museums for Public Display) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/328);
the National Health Service (General Opthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/329);
the National Health Service (Discipline Committees) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/330);
the Anatomy (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/334);
the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 (Anatomy Act 1984 Transitional Provisions) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/340);
the Adults with Incapacity (Removal of Regenerative Tissue for Transplantation) (Form of Certificate) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/343); and
the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 (Maintenance of Records and Supply of Information Regarding the Removal and Use of Body Parts) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/344).

4. Call for a Public Inquiry into the Infection of people with Hepatitis C through NHS Treatment: TheCommittee will consider a letter received from Andy Kerr MSP, Minister for Health and Community Care.

Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee
1st Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 2

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. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.

5. Preliminary Stage: The Committee will consider a paper on its approach to Preliminary Stage.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Graham Carter, President of the Methodist Conference

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: 2005-06 Financial Governance and Outcomes

followed by Executive Debate: Race Equality—

S2M-4601 Malcolm Chisholm: Race Equality—That the Parliament supports the development of a national strategy and action plan on race equality and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the strategy; welcomes the significant funding provided to local projects through the Race Equality, Integration and Community Support Fund and Scottish Refugee Integration Fund and national projects like Show Racism the Red Card and Heartstone; supports Scottish Executive priorities to increase ethnic minorities’ participation in the labour market, build more inclusive rural communities, provide better services to Scotland’s Gypsies/Travellers, support refugee integration and continue to raise awareness of the issues through the One Scotland Many Cultures campaign, and supports the Executive’s other work to help tackle racism and promote race equality in Scotland.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-4601.1 Christine Grahame: Race Equality—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4601) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, insert at end ", condemns however the treatment of asylum seekers who after years in Scotland, often with children born in Scotland, can still be deported and while living here are prevented from seeking employment despite their wish to do so, and considers that this situation completely contradicts the Fresh Talent initiative and the culture of an inclusive Scotland which the Executive quite rightly seeks to promote."

S2M-4601.2 Dave Petrie: Race Equality—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4601) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, leave out from "supports Scottish Executive priorities" to end and insert "welcomes the intention to support improved integration and understanding between all groups in the community, and urges the Scottish Executive to deliver tangible improvements in the lives of Scotland’s diverse communities whilst ensuring resources are maximised and directed to best effect".

followed by Business Motions—

S2M-4633 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Suspension of Standing Orders—That the Parliament agrees that Rule 5.6.1(c) of Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of Members’ Business on Thursday 29 June 2006.

S2M-4626 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 29 June 2006—

(a) after,

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

delete,

followed by Executive Debate: International Development / Malawi

and insert,

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Compensation Bill – UK Legislation

(b) after,

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;

Environment and Rural Development

delete,

2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill

and insert,

2.55 pm Executive Debate: International Development / Malawi

and (c) after,

5.00 pm Decision Time

delete,

followed by Members’ Business

S2M-4627 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 6 September 2006

2.00 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 7 September 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—

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;
Justice and Law Officers;

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S2M-4628 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for completion of consideration of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be extended to 24 November 2006.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-4629 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Establishment of Committee—That the Parliament agrees to establish a sub-committee of the Justice 2 Committee as follows:

Name of Committee: Justice 2 Sub-Committee;

Remit: To inquire into and report to the Justice 2 Committee on—

  • The extent of information which local communities should receive on child sex offenders within their locality;
  • The way in which housing is allocated to sex offenders;
  • Whether steps need to be taken to distinguish sexual offences against children from such offences against adults;
  • Whether changes need to be made to the way in which sexual offences against children are considered and disposed of by the courts, and in particular, whether adequate sentencing options exist.

Duration: Until the end of December 2006.

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener a member of the Scottish National Party.

Membership: Jackie Baillie, Alex Fergusson, John Home Robertson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Jeremy Purvis.

S2M-4631 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Suspension of Standing Orders—That the Parliament agrees that, for the purposes of debating motion S2M-4634 (Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM(S2) 8.1) relating to the Compensation Bill - UK legislation) on Thursday 29 June 2006, the second sentence of Rule 9B.3.5 of Standing Orders be suspended.

S2M-4630 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Parliamentary Direction Under Rule 11.8.3—That the Parliament directs that, for the purposes of its consideration of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2, the Communities Committee may vote using the electronic voting system, in accordance with Rule 11.8.3 of Standing Orders.

S2M-4615 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Chris Ballance be appointed to replace Robin Harper on the Procedures Committee.

S2M-4616 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Robin Harper be appointed to replace Eleanor Scott on the Audit Committee.

S2M-4617 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Mark Ruskell be appointed to replace Eleanor Scott as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Environment and Rural Development Committee.

S2M-4618 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Eleanor Scott be appointed to replace Chris Ballance as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Audit Committee.

S2M-4619 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Shiona Baird be appointed to replace Robin Harper as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Finance Committee.

S2M-4620 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Chris Ballance be appointed to replace Shiona Baird as the Scottish Green Party substitute on the Communities Committee.

S2M-4621 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2006 be approved.

S2M-4622 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Human Organ and Tissue Live Transplants (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved.

S2M-4623 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Supplementary Provisions) Order 2006 be approved.

S2M-4624 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2006 be approved.

S2M-4625 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as lead committee, and that the Procedures Committee be designated as secondary committee, in consideration of the Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-4337 Alex Fergusson: Birth of James Clerk Maxwell—That the Parliament acknowledges the 175th anniversary of the birth of James Clerk Maxwell on 13 June 2006; recognises his great achievement in discovering the nature of electromagnetic waves which opened the way to the invention of television, radio, radar and the mobile phone; applauds his work on colour perception which enabled the successful development of colour television and colour photography, and believes that he is worthy of greater recognition throughout Scotland, given the acknowledgement of Albert Einstein, who said that "the special theory of relativity owes its origins to Maxwell’s equations of the electromagnetic field", and of Ivan Tolstoy, who wrote "Maxwell’s importance in the history of scientific thought is comparable to Einstein’s (whom he inspired) and to Newton’s (whose influence he curtailed)".

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