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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
17th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 6 and 7 in private.

2. Informed to Care - Managing IT to deliver information in the NHS in Scotland: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the AGS report entitled "Informed to Care – Managing IT to deliver information in the NHS in Scotland" (AGS/2006/12).

3. Catering for patients: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the AGS report entitled "Catering for patients: A follow-up report" (AGS/2006/13).

4. Transport in Scotland: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive on the AGS report entitled "Scottish Executive: an overview of the performance of transport in Scotland" (AGS/2006/10).

5. Review of Community Planning Partnerships: The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into the AGS report entitled "Community Planning: an initial review" (AGS/2006/7) from—

Dr Andrew Goudie, Accountable Officer and Head of the Finance and Central Services Department, Paul Gray, Director, Directorate of Primary Care and Community Care Division, Mike Neilson, Head of Housing and Regeneration Group, Development Department and David Henderson, Head of Local Government Finance Division.

6. Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments, Agencies and NDPBs: The Committee will consider arrangements for its inquiry into the AGS report entitled "Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments, Agencies and NDPBs" (AGS/2006/9).

7. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the AGS report entitled "Informed to Care – Managing IT to deliver information in the NHS in Scotland" (AGS/2006/12) and "Catering for patients: A follow-up report" (AGS/2006/13).

Finance Committee
31st Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider item 3 in private.

2. Statistics and Registration Services Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider its approach to a potential legislative consent memorandum.

3. Work Programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

4. Budget Process 2007-08 (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on Stage 2 of the Budget Process 2007-08.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
34th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

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

Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2

and take oral evidence from—

Mike West, Access to Justice Division;

Louise Miller, Access to Justice Division; and

Helena Janssen, Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive.

2. Executive responses: The Committee will consider Executive responses in relation to the following instrument—

the Police (Minimum Age for Appointment) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/552).

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

the Health Protection Agency (Scottish Health Functions) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/559);

the National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme and Compensation for Premature Retirement) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/561);

the Register of Sasines (Application Procedure) Amendment Rules 2006, (SSI 2006/568); and

the Meat (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/580).

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

the National Health Service (Functions of the Common Services Agency) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/560); and

the Shetland Islands (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/562).

5. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider a paper from the clerk in relation to its draft report.

Justice 1 Committee
47th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 1.45 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Justice 2 Committee
34th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 1.45 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Subordinate legislation: Johann Lamont MSP (Deputy Minister for Justice) to move the following motion—

S2M-5210—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) (Scottish Legal Complaints Commission) Order 2006 be approved.

2. Subordinate legislation: Johann Lamont MSP (Deputy Minister for Justice) to move the following motion—

S2M-5209—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment Regulations be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: Johann Lamont MSP (Deputy Minister for Justice) to move the following motion—

S2M-5208—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations be approved.

4. Petition PE863: The Committee will consider petition PE863 by Bill Alexander which calls for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to amend the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980.

5. Petition PE893: The Committee will consider petition PE893 by Paul Alexander which calls for the Scottish Parliament to oppose the introduction of any ban on the sale or possession of swords in Scotland which are used for legitimate historical, cultural, artistic, sporting economic and religious purposes.

6. Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by Cathy Jamieson, Minister for Justice (LCM (S2) 10.1).

7. Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the possible contents of its Stage 1 report.

Enterprise and Culture Committee
28th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private.

2. Scottish Executive’s employability framework and strategy to reduce the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training: The Committee will receive a presentation from–-

Lizzy Burgess, Senior Research Specialist, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Scottish Parliament Information Centre;

and then take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

Margaret Murphy, Manager (Edinburgh), Fairbridge Scotland; Bill Eadie, Head of Support and Development, Children’s Services, Stirling Council; Ken Milroy, Chief Executive, Aberdeen Foyer; Charlene O’Connor, Senior Director Skills and Learning, Scottish Enterprise; Eddy Adams, Eddy Adams Consultants Ltd; Laurie Russell, Chief Executive, the WISE Group; Jim Sweeney, Chief Executive, Youthlink Scotland; Professor Alan McGregor, Training and Employment Research Unit, University of Glasgow; Linda Prattis, External Relations Manager, Job Centre Plus Scotland; Lillias Noble, Head of Learning Connections, Communities Scotland; Dave Petrie MSP, Vice-Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Young People in Scotland Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), and Billy Clark, Ferguslie League of Action Groups.

3. Petition PE783: The Committee will consider new material in relation to the petition by James Reynolds on behalf of the Scotsman newspaper calling for the Parliament to support the establishment of the golden eagle as the national bird of Scotland.

4. Scottish Register of Tartans Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Mike McElhinney, Head of Manufacturing Policy, Scottish Executive;

Jamie McGrigor MSP, and David Cullum, Clerk and Roger Evans, Senior Assistant Clerk, Non-Executive Bills Unit, the Scottish Parliament.

5. Scottish Register of Tartans Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

European and External Relations Committee
17th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Inquiry into the European Commission’s Strategy for Growth and Jobs: The Committee will take evidence from—

Jasbir Jhas, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Local Government Association/ Local Government International Bureau

Professor Drew Scott, Professor of European Union Studies and Director, Europa Institute, University of Edinburgh

2. Inquiry into the Transposition and Implementation of European Directives in Scotland: Jim Wallace MSP will report to the Committee on his reporter led inquiry.

3. Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (UK legislation): The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Executive.

4. The European Commission’s Work Programme 2006 - Tracking issues identified by the Committee: The Committee will consider an update paper.

5. 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

General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC), 11-12 December

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 11-12 December

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 19-21 December

Previous Councils

Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), 7 November

6. 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.

Health Committee
27th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Proposed Statutory Regulation of Psychologists: The Committee will take evidence from:

Ray Miller, President; and, Alison Robertson, Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology in Scotland; the British Psychological Society.

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

The Food for Particular Nutritional Uses (Addition of Substances for Specific Nutritional Purposes) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/556)

3. Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Report.

Local Government and Transport Committee
31st Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Subordinate Legislation: Tavish Scott MSP, Minister for Transport, to move the following motion—

S2M-5143—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Bus User Complaints Tribunal Regulations Revocation Regulations 2006 be approved.

2. Petition PE758: The Committee will take evidence on the issue of home safety officers from—

Lewis Macdonald, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, David Stone, Senior Medical Officer, John Froggatt, Branch Head, Public Health and Substance Misuse, Public Health Team and Annette Stuart, Policy Officer, Public Health and Substance Misuse, Public Health Team.

3. Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: The Committee will take evidence from—

Alice Brown, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and Lewis Shand Smith, Deputy Public Services Ombudsman.

4. Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft of its Stage 1 Report on the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill.

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