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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.

Equal Opportunities Committee
2nd Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.

2. Female offenders in the criminal justice system inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Brian Cole, Head of Branch 1, and Sharon Grant, Head of Branch 2, Community Justice Services Division, Scottish Government;

Mike Ewart, Chief Executive, Scottish Prison Service.

3. Visit to the Northern Ireland Assembly: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

4. Sexual imagery in goods aimed at children: The Committee will consider a paper on commissioning research.

Justice Committee
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence sessions, in order to inform the drafting of its report.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its work programme and an approach paper for the anticipated Criminal Justice and Licencing (Scotland) Bill in private at future meetings.

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 7 and any future consideration of draft reports in relation to the legislative consent memorandums lodged by Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice (LCM(S3) 15.1, LCM(S3) 16.1 and LCM(S3) 17.1) in private.

Not before 11:30 AM

4. Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 15.1 from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Elizabeth Sadler, Head of Organised Crime Unit, Police Division, Scottish Government.

5. Coroners and Justice Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 16.1 from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Gerard Bonnar, Head of Summary Justice Reform Branch, Criminal Procedure Division, Ben Plouviez, Head of Information Services, Information Services and Information Systems Division, and Andrew McConnell, Policy Advisor, Enterprise and Industry Division, Scottish Government.

6. Policing and Crime Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 17.1 from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Gerard Bonnar, Head of Summary Justice Reform Branch, Criminal Procedure Division, Elizabeth Sadler, Head of Organised Crime Unit, Police Division, and Anna Ross, Policy Manager, Police Division, Scottish Government.

7. UK Parliament legislation: The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandums lodged by Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice (LCM(S3) 15.1, LCM(S3) 16.1 and LCM(S3) 17.1).

Finance Committee
4th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill from—

Dave Gorman, Head of Environmental Strategy, Scottish Environment Protection Agency;

and then from—

Susan Love, Scottish Policy Manager, Federation of Small Businesses;

and then from—

Jonathan Dennis, Economic Adviser, Environment, David Henderson-Howat, Policy Adviser, Forestry Commission Scotland, Colin Imrie, Deputy Director, Energy Markets, Alec Millar, Principal, Non-Domestic Energy, Building Standards, Fiona Page, Bill Team Leader, Climate Change, Kevin Philpott, Senior Policy Officer, Waste Regulation, and Philip Wright, Deputy Director, Climate Change, Scottish Government.

2. Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill.

3. Arbitration (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Arbitration (Scotland) Bill.

4. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill at a future meeting should be taken in private.

Public Petitions Committee
3rd Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—

PE1150 Support for community prisons

The Committee will hear evidence on the issues raised in the petition from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice; and

Tom Fox, Scottish Government

PE909 Traffic regulation orders and disabled parking bays

PE1007 Traffic regulation orders and disabled parking bays

PE1149 Disabled car parking spaces

PE986 Protection from broken glass

PE1145 Deposit and return scheme on beverage containers

PE1036 Employment opportunities for disabled people

PE1052 Promoting the services of independent midwives

PE1057 Research funding into endometriosis

PE1061 Access rights under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003

PE1067 Upgrading A76 PE1071 Specialist visiting teachers PE1073 Catholics in Scotland ‘s prisons PE1085 Kinship carers PE1095 Protection from windfarm developments

PE1098 Mandatory fitting of seat belts on school buses

PE1130 School closures

PE1132 School closures

PE1135 Review of guidelines to allow healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood

PE1204 Support and promotion of bone marrow services

PE1144 dotSCO

PE1147 Review of fire service boards

PE1193 Provision of specialist schoolteachers

PE1197 Access to legal representation PE1198 Role of health visitors PE1199 Role of health visitors PE1200 Role of health visitors

PE1202 Permitted development rights of port authorities

PE1203 Review of ferry services and Road Equivalent Tariff

PE1206 Equal access to public transport operators

PE1208 Discharge of a Repairing Standard Enforcement Order

PE1209 Robert the Bruce’s Castle Gardens

PE1211 Highland delivery charges PE1214 Right of appeal process PE1215 Bus services in rural areas PE1216 Funding for enterprise education in schools PE1217 Licensing reform impact in rural area

2. Notification of new petitions: The Committee will consider a paper indicating new petitions lodged since the last Committee meeting.

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
6th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Chris Austin, Head of Public Affairs, Association of Train Operating Companies;

Marjory Rodger, Director of Government Relations in Scotland, Confederation of Passenger Transport UK;

Derek Halden, Director, DH Consultancy;

and then from—

Gordon Dewar, Managing Director, Edinburgh Airport, BAA Scotland;

Robert Ashdown, Head of Technical Division, Chamber of Shipping;

Gordon Wilmsmeier, Senior Research Fellow, Transport Research Institute, Napier University;

Dr Alice Bows, Core Researcher, Tyndall Centre Manchester;

and then from—

Paul Tetlaw, Chair, Transform Scotland;

Jeff Gazzard, Coordinator, GreenSkies Campaign;

John Lauder, National Director for Scotland, Sustrans.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
3rd Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

2. Code of Conduct for MSPs - Reimbursement of Members’ Expenses Scheme (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

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

4. Review of Section 2 of the Code of Conduct: The Committee will consider its approach to its review of section 2 of the Code of Conduct.

5. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report and draft rule changes.

6. Review of equalities in the work of committees (in private): The Committee will consider draft rule changes.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
6th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Marine and Coastal Access Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Marine and Coastal Access Bill (UK Parliament legislation).

2. Coroners and Justice Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Coroners and Justice Bill (UK Parliament legislation).

3. Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Bill (UK Parliament legislation).

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

the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2009;

the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (Scotland) Order 2009;

the Budget (Scotland) Acts 2007 and 2008 Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft);

the Victim Statements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft).

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

the National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme, Pension Scheme and Injury Benefits) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/19).

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