PLENARY BUSINESS

Wednesday 16 November 2005

Time for Reflection - Mr Muhamed Tufail Shaheen of the Islamic Centre, Glasgow

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Stage 3 Proceedings: Licensing (Scotland) Bill

Business Motion

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M- S2M-3507 Colin Fox: Scotland’s Social Housing Provision

Thursday 17 November 2005

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Executive Debate: Dentistry

General Question Time

First Minister’s Question Time

Themed Question Time-

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care

Executive Debate: Waste Strategy

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-3400 Mike Rumbles: Aboyne Maternity Unit

COMMITTEES

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee will meet on 14 November 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 1 to discuss: 1. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Consideration Stage Phase 1 from: Group 33 (Impact on Wildlife and Vegetation), Objector witness: Kristina Woolnough, Blackhall Community Association. Groups 33, 34 and 45 (Badgers), Objector witness: Patricia Alderson, Edinburgh Co-ordinator, Edinburgh and Lothian Badger Group. Group 34 (Badgers), Objector witnesses: Kristina Woolnough, Blackhall Community Association; Sue Polson, householder. Group 34 (Wildlife - Bird Survey evidence), Objector witness: Sue Polson, householder.  Group 34 (Wildlife - Birds, Bats and Insects), Objector witness: Kristina Woolnough, Blackhall Community Association. Group 34 and 45 (Vegetation and Human Amenity / Linear Park), Objector witnesses: Kristina Woolnough, Blackhall Community Association; Dr Mark Bastin, householder. Group 35 (Wildlife), Objector witness: Alan Jones, householder. Group 43 (Wildlife and Enforceability), Objector witness: Rosanne Brown, Wester Coates Terrace Action Group.  Group 33 (Impact on Walkway / Cycleway), Objector witness: Kristina Woolnough, Blackhall Community Association. Group 34 (Access to Walkway), Objector witness: Kristina Woolnough, Blackhall Community Association. Group 34 (Cyclepath - including Bridges), Objector witness: Dr Mark Bastin, householder.  Group 43 (Loss of Walkway / Footway and Safety Issues), Objector witness: Alison Hawkins, Wester Coates Nursery School.  2. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider evidence taken during the day.
Proposed future business
At future meetings, the Committee will continue its scrutiny of the detail of the Bill at Consideration Stage.

The Justice 2 Committee will meet on 14 November 2005 at 1.45pm in City Chambers, Glasgow to discuss: 1. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from the following witnesses: Councillor Jean McFadden, Jon Harris and John Fleming, COSLA; Betty McAllister, Calton and Bridgeton Community Council; Kathy Simpson, Ibrox and Cessnock Community Council; and then from: James McLean, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland; Jim Slaven, Cairde na h’Eireann; Dave Moxham, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress; and then from: Willie McDougall, Security Adviser, Scottish Football Association; Iain Blair, Operations Director and Company Secretary, Scottish Premier League; Chief Superintendent Kenny Scott, Strathclyde Police; and then from: Tony Higgins, Secretary, Scottish Professional Footballers Association; James Procter, Caseworker, Supporters Direct; and Kenneth Elder, Executive Committee, Scottish Football Supporters Federation. 2. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will receive a report back from Members who have attended recent fact-finding visits. 3. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session, to inform the drafting of its Stage 1 report, and will also consider the written evidence received to date.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on Tuesday 22 November the Committee will take further oral evidence from on the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.  The Committee will continue to take evidence on the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

The Enterprise and Culture Committee will meet on 15 November 2005 at 9.30am in North Highland College, Ormlie Road, Thurso, Caithness to discuss: 1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private. 2. Inquiry into business growth: The Committee will take evidence from: Willie Roe, Chair, Sandy Cumming, Chief Executive, and Jackie Wright, Director of Growing Businesses, Highlands and Island Enterprise; Jack Perry, Chief Executive, Terry Currie, Acting Senior Director of Growing Business, Scottish Enterprise, and Martin Togneri, Chief Executive, Scottish Development International. 3. Budget process 2006-07: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 24 November 2005, the Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into business growth from the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning.

The Equal Opportunities Committee will meet on 15 November 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 1 to discuss: 1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private. 2. Disability inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from Panel 1: Morag Gillespie and Gareth Mulvey, Scottish Poverty Information Unit, Glasgow Caledonian University; and Sheila Riddell, Centre for Research in Education, Inclusion and Diversity, University of Edinburgh. Panel 2: Liz Galashan, Careers Scotland (Highlands and Islands Enterprise); Julie-Anne Jamieson, Careers Scotland (Scottish Enterprise); Anne MacDonald, Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Anne Marshall and John Reid, Jobcentre Plus; and Scott Skinner, Scottish Enterprise. 3. Budget process 2006-07: The Committee will consider a draft report.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 29 November 2005 it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on its Disability Inquiry into Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities. At subsequent meetings the Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its Disability Inquiry into Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities.

The Finance Committee will meet on 15 November 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 2 to discuss: 1. Budget Process 2006-07: The Committee will take evidence from Nora Radcliffe MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body; Paul Grice, Chief Executive; and Derek Croll, Head of Financial Resources, Scottish Parliament. 2. Budget Process 2006-07: The Committee will consider the Scottish Commission for Public Audit’s report on Audit Scotland’s expenditure proposals for 2006-07. 3. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum from Bill Barron, Head of Police Bill Team; Dave Bell, Marches and Parades Review Implementation Team; Alastair Merrill, Head of Police Division 1; and Colin Miller, Head of Police Common Services Team, Scottish Executive.  4. External Research: The Committee will consider a paper on commissioning external research. 5. Item in Private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on Tuesday 22 November it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Minister for Communities and then discuss evidence received to date in connection with its cross-cutting expenditure review of deprivation; take oral evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill; and consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill. In future the Committee will continue to scrutinise the Executive’s budget proposals for 2006-07; and scrutinise the Financial Memoranda of Bills at subsequent meetings.

The Audit Committee will meet on 15 November 2005 at 10.30am in Committee Room 6 to discuss: 1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 3 and 4 in private. 2. AGS Report on How Government Works: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Scottish Executive: supporting new initiatives" (AGS/2005/7). 3. AGS Report on How Government Works: The Committee will consider its approach to the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Scottish Executive: supporting new initiatives" (AGS/2005/7). 4. AGS Report on Water Overview: The Committee will consider arrangements for its oral evidence session on the report entitled "Overview of the water industry in Scotland" (AGS/2005/6).
Proposed future business
The Committee expects to take evidence on the AGS Water Overview Report at a future meeting from representatives from Scottish Water and the Water Industry Commission. The Committee will consider a Scottish Executive response to its bowel cancer report at its meeting on 13 December.

The Subordinate Legislation Committee will meet on 15 November 2005 at 10.30am in Committee Room 4 to discuss: 1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 8 in private. 2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response to points raised on the Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1. 3. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on the following: the Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/530); the Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures in Zoos) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/531); and the Food Labelling Amendment (No.3) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/542). 4. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following: the Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/draft); the Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) (No.3) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/draft); and the Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/draft). 5. Instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following: the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/548). 6. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following: the Glasgow School of Art (Scotland) Amendment Order of Council 2005, (SSI 2005/525); the Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/543); the National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme, Injury Benefits, Additional Voluntary Contributions and Compensation for Premature Retirement) (Civil Partnership) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/544); the Education (Graduate Endowment, Student Fees and Support) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/545); the Electricity from Non-Fossil Fuel Sources (Scotland) Saving Arrangements Order 2005, (SSI 2005/549); the Common Services Agency (Membership and Procedure) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/550); the Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Control Measures) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2005, (SSI 2005/552); the Local Government Pensions Etc. (Civil Partnership) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/554); and the Plant Health Fees (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/555). 7. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following: the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2005, (SSI 2005/547); and the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.10) (Scotland) Partial Revocation Order 2005, (SSI 2005/551). 8. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from evidence to date in relation to phase 2 of its inquiry.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 22 November it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Business on its inquiry into the regulatory framework.

The Health Committee will meet on 15 November 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 2 to discuss: 1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 6 in private. 2. Subordinate legislation: Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, to move the following motions: S2M-3515 That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 14) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/529) be approved; S2M-3492 That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 13) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/520) be approved; and S2M-3552- That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/548) be approved. 3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments: the Tryptophan in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/479); the Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/505); the National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme, Injury Benefits and Compensation for Premature Retirement) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/512); the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (Practice and Procedure) (No.2) Rules 2005 (SSI 2005/519); and the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (No.2) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/522). 4. Draft Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises) Regulations 2006: The Committee will take evidence from the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care. 5. Hepatitis C: The Committee will consider issues it may wish to raise with the Minister for Health and Community Care. 6. Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a second draft Stage 1 report on the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill.
Proposed future business
Members of the Committee will undertake a fact-finding visit on 21 and 22 November to investigate the phased abolition of prescription charges in Wales as part of its consideration of the Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will then take oral evidence on the Bill from the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care followed by Colin Fox MSP, Member in Charge of the Bill, at its meeting on 29 November.

The Local Government and Transport Committee will meet on 15 November 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 1 to discuss: 1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private. 2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments: The Removal, Storage and Disposal of Vehicles (Prescribed Sums and Charges etc.) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/486); The Police Pensions (Part-time Service) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/495). 3. Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from Panel 1: George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance, Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business; Nikola Plunkett, Team Leader Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates, Scottish Executive; and Peter Conlong, Economic Advice and Analysis Team, Scottish Executive.  Panel 2: Tommy Sheridan MSP; and Gordon Morgan, Researcher, Scottish Socialist Party.  4. Subordinate legislation: Tavish Scott (Minister for Transport) to move motion S2M-3510 that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the Regional Transport Partnerships (Establishment, Constitution and Membership) (Scotland) Order 2005, be approved. And motion S2M-3442 that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the Transfer of Rail Functions to the Scottish Ministers Order 2005, be approved. 5. Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the possible contents of its Stage 1 report. 6. Budget process 2006-07 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Budget process 2006-07.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 22 November it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and the Chief Executive of the Improvements Service. The Committee expects to continue its consideration of the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee will meet on 16 November 2005 at 9.30am in Committee Room 4 to discuss: 1. Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Consideration Stage from Group 26: Safeway Stores Plc, Promoter’s witnesses: Gavin Murray, Project Manager, Faber Maunsell; Geoff Duke, Project Manager, tie Ltd; Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell.  Objector’s witnesses: Andrew Carrie, Director, DBA; David Gardiner, Director, Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc.  Group 28: Universities Superannuation Schemes Ltd, Promoter’s witnesses: Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell; Aileen Grant, Principal Planner, City Development Department, City of Edinburgh Council; Gavin Murray, Project Manager, Faber Maunsell; Rahul Bijlani, Lawyer, Bircham Dyson Bell.  Objector’s witnesses: Maria Francke, Drivers Jonas, Planning Consultant; Claire Carr, Buchanan & Partners, Transport Consultant; Andy Irvine, Jones Lang LaSalle, Retail Expert; Paul Buchanan, Colin Buchanan & Partners, Transportation Economist.  Group 27: O2, Promoter’s witnesses: Gavin Murray, Project Manager, Faber Maunsell; Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell.  Objection 96: Safeway Stores Ltd and Wm Morrison plc, Promoter’s witnesses: Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell; Gavin Murray, Project Manager, Faber Maunsell; Geoff Duke, Project Manager, tie Ltd.  Objection 97: Universities Superannuation Schemes Ltd, Promoter’s witnesses: Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell; Gavin Murray, Project Manager, Faber Maunsell; Rahul Bijlani, Lawyer, Bircham Dyson Bell.  Group 32: Servisair, Promoter’s witnesses: Gavin Murray, Project Manager, Faber Maunsell; Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell.  Group 33: Norwich Union Life and Pensions Ltd, Promoter’s witnesses: Gavin Murray, Project Manager, Faber Maunsell, Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell; Geoff Duke, Project Manager, tie Ltd.  2. Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider evidence taken during the day.
Proposed future business
At future meetings, the Committee will continue its scrutiny of the detail of the Bill at Consideration Stage.

The Justice 1 Committee will meet on 16 November 2005 at 9.45am in Committee Room 2 to discuss: 1. Family Law (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 4). 2. Subordinate Legislation: Hugh Henry MSP (Deputy Minister for Justice) to move S2M-3523 That the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft Victim Statements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2005 be approved. 3. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2005, (SSI 2005/526).
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 23 November 2005 it is expected that the Committee will consider the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 (Day 5).  The Committee expects to consider the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

The Education Committee will meet on 16 November 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 1 to discuss: 1. Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from Panel 1: Graham Donaldson, HM Senior Chief Inspector, HMIE; Neil McKechnie, Director, Services for Children Unit, HMIE; NHS Quality and Improvement Scotland; Panel 2: Gill Ottley, Depute Chief Social Work Inspector, Social Work Inspection Agency. 2. Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider issues arising from the evidence.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 23 November the Committee will consider the general principles of the Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will further consider the general principles of the Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill and the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill at subsequent meetings.

The Environment and Rural Development Committee will meet on 16 November 2005 at 10.30am in Committee Room 6 to discuss: 1. European issues: The Committee will consider an update from the Convener on European issues. 2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments: the Salmonella in Broiler Flocks (Sampling Powers) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/496); the Animal and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/502); and the Pollution Prevention and Control (Public Participation etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/510). 3. Work programme: The Committee will consider its future work programme. 4. Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to its Stage 1 report.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 23 November the Committee will begin to take oral evidence as part of its Stage 1 consideration of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill. At subsequent meetings the Committee will continue to take oral evidence at Stage 1 of the Bill.

BILL TRACKER

Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill (M)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Health)) 29 November

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Environment and Rural Development)) 23 November

Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill (M)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Local Government and Transport)) 15 November

Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee) 14 November

Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee) 16 November

Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Passed 9 November

Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill (M)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Environment and Rural Development)) 16 November

Family Law (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 (Day 4) (Justice 1 Committee) 16 November

Housing (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 3 (debate, meeting of the Parliament) 24 November

Amendments should be lodged by 4.30pm on Friday 18 November with the Clerks to the Communities Committee

Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Health)) 15 November

Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill (C)

Stage 1 (Finance Committee) 20 September

Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Education)) 16 November

Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 3 (debate, meeting of the Parliament) 16 November

Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Passed 3 November

Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Justice 2)) 14 November

Stage 1 (evidence, Finance Committee) 15 November

Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill (M)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Local Government and Transport)) 12 April

Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (lead committee, Justice 2) 2 November

Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Education)) 5 October

St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill (M)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Enterprise and Culture) 8 November

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee) 19 December

OTHER EVENTS

Tuesday 15 November 2005

Hansard Reception, Garden Lobby

Wednesday 16 November 2005

British Computer Society, Committee Room 5, 5.00pm

Cross-Party Group on Oil and Gas, TG20/21, 5.30pm

Cross-Party Group on Animal Welfare, Committee Room 2, 6.00pm

National Autistic Society Reception, Garden Lobby, 6.00pm

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