PLENARY BUSINESS

Wednesday 18 January 2006

Time for Reflection – Mrs Carrie Varjavandi, representing the Baha’i Council for Scotland

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Ministerial Statement: The Cultural Commission

Procedures Committee Debate: Report on the Private Bill Committee assessors

Business Motion

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-3744 Christine May: Safer Communities and

Neighbourhoods

 

Thursday 19 January 2006


Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Executive Debate: Economic Benefits of the Air Routes Development Fund

General Question Time

First Minister’s Question Time

Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers;

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Stage 3 Proceedings: Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill

Health Bill Legislative Consent Motion – UK Legislation

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-3245 Nanette Milne: Communication Impairment

 

COMMITTEES

The Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee will meet on 16 January 2006 at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1 to discuss:
1. Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at consideration Stage from—Group 2: Promoter’s witness—Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co. Group 4:Objector’s witness—Ian Dewar, BRBR; and Neil Amner, Partner, Biggart Baillie. Promoter’s witness—Douglas Muir, Midlothian Council; Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co; and Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways. Group 5: Objector’s witness—John Grimshaw, SUSTRANS. Promoter’s witness—Douglas Muir, Midlothian Council; Chris Bone, Turner and Townsend; and Bill Sandland, Scottish Borders Council. Group 8 Objector’s witness—Kevin Glass, Director, The Cockatoo Bar and Restaurant. Promoter’s witness—Steve Mitchell, ERM; Douglas Muir, Midlothian Council; Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co; Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways; Sam Oxley, ERM; Steve Purnell, ERM; and Fiona Stephen, Partner, Anderson Strathern. Group 9: Objector’s witness—Paul Zanna, Boreham Consulting Engineers; and Caroline Crichton, Tesco Stores plc. Promoter’s witness—Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co; Douglas Muir, Midlothian Council; and Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways. Group 11:
Objector’s witness—Dr David Wyllie, householder. Promoter’s witness—Douglas Muir, Midlothian Council; Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways; Sam Oxley, ERM; Steve Mitchell, ERM; Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co; and Steve Purnell, ERM.
2. Stow Station: The Committee will consider a memorandum from the promoter on a station at Stow.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 23 January 2006 it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill at Consideration Stage. The Committee will continue to take evidence on the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

The Subordinate Legislation Committee will meet on 17 January 2006 at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6 to discuss:
1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following bill— Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.
2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2.
3. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on the following—the Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/draft); the Road User Charging (Penalty Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI2005/652); the Road User Charging Schemes (Keeping of Accounts and Relevant Expenses) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/654); the M77 (Malletsheugh) (Speed Limit) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI2005/655); the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No.2) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/642); and the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No.1) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/644).
4. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/1); the Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/2); the Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/3); the Older Cattle (Disposal) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI2006/4); and the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2006, (SSI 2006/5).
5. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.12) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006, (SSI2006/6).
6. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 24 January it is expected that the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure. The Committee will also further consider its draft report in relation to its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland.

The Standards and Public Appointments Committee will meet on 17 January 2006 at 11.00 am in Committee Room 2 to discuss:
1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 4 and 5 in private.
2. Cross-Party Group on Electro-Magnetic Radiation and Health: The Committee will consider an application for recognition of a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on electro-magnetic radiation and health.
3. Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill: The Committee will hear from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, Dr James Dyer OBE.
4. Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill: The Committee will discuss policy issues that arose from the Stage 1 debate on the Bill.
5. Review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs: The Committee will discuss possible witnesses with a view to inviting written evidence.
Proposed future business
The Committee expects to continue its review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs at subsequent meetings.

The Enterprise and Culture Committee will meet on 17 January 2006 at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2 to discuss:
1. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—
Tom Adams, Senior Debt Advice Officer, Glasgow City Council; Pauline Allan, Advisory Services Manager, and Jemiel Benison, Development Officer, City of Edinburgh Council; Patricia Sproul, Money Advice Manager, the Highland Council; Adrian Stalker, Principal Solicitor, Shelter; Ann Wood, Managing Partner, Stirling Park Ltd; Alan Adie, Director, Adie Financial Solutions Ltd; Bryce Findlay, Insolvency Practitioner, Findlay Hamilton; Shona Maxwell, Consultant, and Ian Johnston, Insolvency Practitioner, Henderson Loggie; and Bryan Jackson, Insolvency Practitioner, PKF (UK) LLP. Euan Wallace, Edward Fowler and Jim Freer.
2. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider issues emerging from the evidence session.
3. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to consideration of the bill at stage 1.
4. Scottish media industry: The Committee will consider whether to take evidence on the future of the media industry.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 24 January 2006, the Committee will take further evidence at stage 1 on the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill and will consider its approach to further consideration of the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill at stage 1.

The European and External Relations Committee will meet on 17 January 2006 at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5 to discuss:
1. The European Commission’s Work Programme 2006 - Tracking issues identified by the Committee: Following its decision to keep a watching brief on the European Commission’s Work Programme for 2006, the Committee will consider an update paper.
2. Petition 804 by Carol MacDonald and Morag Ritchie calling for the Scottish Parliament to use its influence to return control over its fishing industry to Scotland: The Committee will consider this petition referred to it by the Public Petitions Committee.
3. 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: Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 23 January; General Affairs and External Relations Council, 30-31 January; Previous Councils: General Affairs and External Relations Council, 21-22 November; Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 22-24 November; ECOFIN, 24 November; Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research) Council, 28-29 November; Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 1 and 5 December 2005; Environment Council, 2 December; Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council 8-9 December.
4. 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.
5. Convener’s Report: The Convener will update the Committee on: Suggested areas for focus during the Committee’s forthcoming visit to Brussels; The Committee of the Regions’ subsidiarity test project; Letter and Call for Evidence from the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union; Response from the Scottish Executive regarding the establishment of a European Small Claims procedure; Letter from the Scottish Executive regarding the costs and benefits of the G8 Summit to Scotland; Letter from the European Commission regarding its complaints procedure relating to earlier correspondence with the Executive on a contract bid by Ferguson shipbuilders; Public address in the Parliament by the Austrian Ambassador, Her Excellency Dr. Gabriele Matzner; Letter from the Scottish Executive regarding energy issues.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 31 January the Committee may consider the Scottish Executive’s response to its report on the Fresh Talent initiative.

The Health Committee will meet on 17 January 2006 at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4 to discuss:
1. Subordinate legislation: Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care will move the following motion—S2M-3801— That the Health Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2006 be approved.
2. Subordinate legislation: Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care will move the following motion—S2M-3778— That the Health Committee recommends that the draft Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Skin Piercing and Tattooing) Order 2006 be approved.
3. Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).
Proposed future business
On 24 January members of the Committee will undertake local case study visits, to inform the Committee’s ongoing inquiry into the implementation of the Community Care and Health Act and the Regulation of Care Act. Separate groups of members will participate in study visits in Inverness, West Central Scotland and East Lothian. At its meeting on 31 January the Committee expects to take evidence from the Scottish Haemophilia Forum and the Minister for Health and Community Care, on the case for an independent inquiry into hepatitis C infection through contaminated blood products. It will also consider subordinate legislation dealing with the prohibition of smoking in certain premises. At subsequent meetings the Committee will take evidence on its care inquiry.

The Local Government and Transport Committee will meet on 17 January 2006 at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 3 to discuss:
1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.
2. Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—Panel 1: Rab Fleming, Head of Division, Local Governance and Licensing Division, Scottish Executive; Russell Bain, Local Democracy Team, Local Governance and Licensing Division, Scottish Executive; Norman Macleod, Office of the Solicitor, Scottish Executive; and Shazia Razzaq, Office of the Solicitor, Scottish Executive. Panel 2: Paul Parr, Deputy Registrar General, General Register Office for Scotland; Alex White, General Register Office for Scotland; John McCafferty, General Register Office for Scotland; and Graham Fisher, Office of the Solicitor, Scottish Executive.
3. Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.
4. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider arrangements for its consideration of the Bill at Stage 1.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting it is expected that the Committee will consider a summary of written evidence for the Freight Transport Inquiry. The Committee will continue to take evidence on the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

The Justice 2 Committee will meet on 17 January 2006 at 2.45 pm in Committee Room 6 to discuss:
1. Violence and knife crime: The Committee will receive a briefing from Dr Michael Sheridan, Emergency Medicine Specialist Registrar, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow and Dr Jean Moller, Emergency Medicine Specialist Registrar, Royal Alexandria Hospital, Paisley.
2. Subordinate legislation: Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice, to move S2M-3803—
That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Police Act 1997 Amendment (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.
3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—
The Adults with Incapacity (Supervision of Welfare Guardians etc. by Local Authorities) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/630); The Adults with Incapacity (Countersignatories of Applications for Authority to Intromit) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/631).
4. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.
Proposed future business
The Committee will continue its consideration of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at future meetings.

 

BILL TRACKER

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

Stage 1 Report (Health Committee) published 11 January

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Environment & Rural Development)) 18 January

Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Enterprise and Culture)) 17 January

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

Stage 1 (lead committee (Local Government & Transport)) 17 January

Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee) 31 January

Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 (Day 2) 17 January

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

Stage 3 (debate, meeting of the Parliament) 19 January

Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Local Government & Transport)) 17 January

Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Communities)) 18 January

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

Stage 1 (lead committee (Justice 2)) 17 January

Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Justice 1)) 18 January

Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Education)) 25 January

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

Stage 1 (lead committee (Enterprise & Culture)) 24 January

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee) 16 January

OTHER EVENTS

Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th January 2006 – Still Life Photo Exhibition

Tuesday 17th January – Airtricity, Committee Room 6, 18:30

Wednesday 18th January – Glasgow University Education Seminar

Wednesday 18th January - Health Awareness Reception, Garden Lobby, 18:00

Wednesday 18th January - RSVP, Committee Room 1, 18:00

Thursday 19th January - IDG, Committee Room 3, 12:30

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