PLENARY BUSINESS

Wednesday 28 September 2005

Time for Reflection - Rev Bobby Anderson, Chair of the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Preliminary Stage Debate: Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill

Financial Resolution in respect of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill

Executive Debate: Membership of the Committee of the Regions

Business Motion

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-2911 John Home Robertson: Affordable Rented Housing

 

Thursday 29 September 2005

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Justice 2 Committee Debate: 9th Report, 2005, Inquiry into Youth Justice

General Question Time

First Minister’s Question Time

Themed Question Time -

Justice and Law Officers;

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-3162 David Davidson: Role of Firefighters in Remote and Rural Areas

 

COMMITTEES

The Equal Opportunities Committee

will meet on 27 September 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 5 to discuss: 1. Disability Inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to phase 2 of its inquiry. 2. Budget process 2006-07: The Committee will consider an approach paper. 3. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 October 2005 it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the 2011 Census and discuss a draft interim report on its review of progress on Gypsy/Travellers. At subsequent meetings the Committee expects to continue its budget scrutiny.

 

The Finance Committee will meet on 27 September 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 4 to discuss: 1. Efficient Government: The Committee will take evidence on the Executive’s Efficient Government initiative from Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Reform; and Peter Russell, Head of Efficient Government Delivery Group, Scottish Executive. 2. Performance Monitoring: The Committee will take evidence from John Elvidge, Permanent Secretary, Scottish Executive. 3. Financial Memoranda: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memoranda for forthcoming Bills. 4. Subordinate Legislation Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider its submission to the Subordinate Legislation Inquiry into the Regulatory Framework in Scotland.

Proposed future business

The Committee’s next meeting will be on 25 October 2005, after the October recess. It is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on its cross-cutting expenditure review of deprivation. In future the Committee will continue to take evidence on its cross-cutting expenditure review of deprivation; scrutinise the Executive’s budget proposals for 2006-07; and scrutinise the financial memoranda of Bills at subsequent meetings.

 

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee will meet on 27 September 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 1 to discuss: 1. Alternative Alignment Amendment: The Committee will consider the witness lists and summaries received from groups 48-50 and consider from which of the witnesses proposed to invite witness statements. 2. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Consideration Stage Phase 1 from: Groups 35, 36, 43 and 45 (Route Selection), Promoter’s witnesses - Karen Raymond, Principal Partner, Environmental Resources Management Ltd. Group 12 (Route selection), Promoter’s witness - Aileen Grant, Principal Planner, City Development Department, The City of Edinburgh Council. Groups 33, 34, 35, 36, 43 and 45 (Reserved Passenger Transport Corridor), Promoter’s witness - Aileen Grant, Principal Planner, City Development Department, The City of Edinburgh Council. Group 35 (OLE/Bridges and Viaducts), Promoter’s witness - Aileen Grant, Principal Planner, City Development Department, The City of Edinburgh Council. Groups 33, 34, 35, 36 and 43 (Traffic Impacts and Accessibility of Stop Locations), Promoter’s witness - Les Buckman, Transport Planner, Steer Davies Gleave. Group 36 and 43 (Stop at Roseburn), Promoter’s witnesses - Les Buckman, Transport Planner, Steer Davies Gleave; Mark M Bain, Senior Engineer, Mott MacDonald (not Group 36). Group 33 (Traffic potentials and Tram Stops), Promoter’s witness - Scott McIntosh, Senior Consultant in Light Rail, Mott MacDonald. Groups 33, 34, 35, 36, 43 and 45 (Visual/Amenity Impacts, Vegetation - Security and Privacy), Promoter’s witness - Karen Raymond, Principal Partner, Environmental Resources Management Ltd. Groups 33 and 43 (Air Quality), Promoter’s witness - Karen Raymond, Principal Partner, Environmental Resources Management Ltd. Group 35 (Impact on Bridges), Promoter’s witness - Karen Raymond, Principal Partner, Environmental Resources Management Ltd. Group 33 (Western General Hospital), Objector’s witnesses - Dr Dermot Gorman, NHS Lothian; Vince Casey, Support Services Manager, Western General Hospital; Alan Penman, Associate Director of Workforce Planning, NHS Lothian; Chris Nicol, Monitoring and Evaluation Co-ordinator, Capital City Partnership (CCP). Groups 33, 34, 35 and 47 (Western General Hospital), Objector’s witness - Alison Bourne, householder. Group 34 (Western General Hospital), Objector’s witness - Dr Mark Bastin, Physicist, Western General Hospital. 3. 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 Procedures Committee will meet on 27 September 2005 at 10.15am in Committee Room 2 to discuss: 1. Declaration of interests: Donald Gorrie will be invited to declare any relevant interests. 2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose a new Convener. 3. Procedures relating to Crown appointees: The Committee will take evidence from: Nora Radcliffe MSP, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, Paul Grice, Clerk and Chief Executive, and Huw Williams, Head of Corporate Policy Unit; and Professor Alice Brown, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman. 4. Private Bills: The Committee will consider a letter from the Presiding Officer inviting the Committee to consider changes to Chapter 9A. 5. Review of Parliamentary Time: The Committee will consider written evidence received with a view to deciding which witnesses to invite to give oral evidence. 6. Sewel Convention (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report and standing order changes.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 October, the Committee will agree its approach in relation to a number of the issues raised in the Crown Appointments inquiry. The Committee may also begin taking oral evidence in relation to the Review of Parliamentary Time inquiry.

 

The Subordinate Legislation Committee will meet on 27 September 2005 at 10.30am in Committee Room 6 to discuss: 1. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will take oral evidence from: Lorna Drummond, Faculty of Advocates; Professor Chris Himsworth, School of Law, University of Edinburgh; Dr Aileen McHarg, School of Law, University of Glasgow; Professor Colin T Reid, Professor of Environmental Law; and receive supporting technical clarification from Iain Jamieson, Committee Adviser on the inquiry. 2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response to points raised on the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1. 3. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on the following: the Mental Health (Certificates for Medical Treatment) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/443); and the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Transitional and Savings Provision) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/452). 4. Instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.11) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/455). 5. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the Food Labelling Amendment (No.2) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/456). 6. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules Amendment No.4) (Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003) 2005, (SSI 2005/457).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 October it is expected that the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure.

 

The Enterprise and Culture Committee will meet on 27 September 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 4 to discuss: 1. Item in Private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 4 in private. 2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument: The Dissolution of the Funding Councils (Scotland) Order (SSI/2005/437). 3. Inquiry into business growth: The Committee will take evidence from: Dr Iain Docherty, School of Business and Management, University of Glasgow; Donal Dowds, General Manager, BAA Scotland; John Ewing, Head of Transport Group, and Jamie Ross, Head of Transport Policy Division, Scottish Executive; Bob Downes, Director, BT Scotland, and Polly Purvis, Executive Director, Scotland IS, and board member of the Scottish Technology Forum; and Roger Mullin, Managing Director, Inter-ed Ltd; Roger McClure, Chief Executive, Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Councils; Liz Mullen, Director of Marketing and Development, Learndirect Scotland, and Professor Jim Gallacher, Co-Director, Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning, Glasgow Caledonian University. 4. St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 November 2005, the Committee will take evidence as part of its scrutiny of the budget process 2006-07. The Committee will also take evidence under the Sewel convention on the London Olympics Bill and consider a draft report on its inquiry into Scottish football.

 

The European and External Relations Committee will meet on 27 September 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 5 to discuss: 1. Declaration of Interests: The Deputy Convener will invite the new member of the Committee to declare any relevant interests. 2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose a new Convener. 3. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 7 and 8 in private. 4. Pre- and post-EU Council scrutiny: The Committee will consider 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, 3 October; Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 6 October; Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research) Council, 11 October; ECOFIN Council, 11 October; and Justice and Home Affairs Council, 13-14 October. 5. 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. 6. Deputy Convener’s Report: The Deputy Convener will update the Committee on the: Letter from Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, concerning the Scottish Executive’s contribution to the National Reform Programme (Employment Chapter); Letter from Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform containing an interim report on the Scottish Executive’s activities in support of the G8 summit; and Letter from the Scottish Executive in response to Committee correspondence into aspects of the Working Time Directive. 7. Committee Work Programme 2005/05: Members will consider possible subjects for future Committee inquiries. 8. Inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s Fresh Talent initiative: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 October it is expected that the Committee will consider terms of reference for a new inquiry yet to be agreed.

 

The Health Committee will meet on 27 September 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 2 to discuss: 1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 7 in private. 2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments: the Mental Health (Period for Appeal) (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/441); the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (Procedure and Delegation of Functions) (No. 2) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/442); the Mental Health (Form of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/444); the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Modification of Subordinate Legislation) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/445); and the Mental Health (Class of Nurse) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/446). 3. Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider an Executive consultation paper on the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill and issues relating to adults with incapacity. 4. Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from - Panel 1: Professor Stewart Fleming, Royal College of Pathologists; Dr Tony Peatfield, Medical Research Council; Dr Brian Juror, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh; David Sinclair, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh; Dr Adrian Margerison, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; Professor Graeme Murray, Department of Pathology, University of Aberdeen; Professor Sue Black, Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, University of Dundee; Professor Jeanne Bell, Department of Neuropathology, University of Edinburgh; and Panel 2: Lydia Reid, Justice for the Innocents; Annemarie McDonald, Justice for the Innocents; Nicola Barnes, Justice for the Innocents. 5. Subordinate Legislation Committee inquiry: The Committee will consider the contents of its response to the Subordinate Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland. 6. Human Tissue (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. 7. Care inquiry: The Committee will consider a remit for its inquiry into the implementation of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 and the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002.

Proposed future business

At its meeting on 3 October the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will also take evidence from the Minister for Health and Community Care on the Scottish Executive 2006-07 Draft Budget. The Committee will take evidence on the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill at its meeting on 25 October. The Committee will also consider the Abolition of Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill later in the year.

 

The Justice 2 Committee will meet on 27 September 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 3 to discuss: 1. Petition PE862: The Committee will consider Petition PE862 from Margaret Ann Cummings on the monitoring of child sex offenders. 2. Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2). 3. Regulatory powers inquiry: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk in response to correspondence from the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

Proposed future business

The Committee will meet jointly with the Justice 1 Committee on 28 September to be briefed on the draft Budget process 2006-07.

 

The Local Government and Transport Committee will meet on 27 September 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 6 to discuss: 1. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests. 2. Civil Aviation Bill - UK Legislation: The Committee will take evidence from the Minister for Transport and Telecommunications on the following motion - S2M-3328 Ms Margaret Curran: Civil Aviation Bill - UK Legislation- That the Parliament agrees that the provisions in the Civil Aviation Bill, so far as they confer functions on the Scottish Ministers, should be considered by the UK Parliament. 3. Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 October it is expected that the Committee will continue its consideration of the Licensing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2. The Committee expects to continue taking evidence on the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

 

The Communities Committee will meet on 28 September 2005 at 9.30am in Committee Room 4 to discuss: 1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private. 2. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests. 3. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a Deputy Convener. 4. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2). 5. Budget process 2006-2007: The Committee will consider its approach to the budget process 2006-2007.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 October 2005 it is expected that the Committee will consider the Housing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2. The Committee will continue to consider the Housing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 at subsequent meetings.

 

 

BILL TRACKER

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

Stage 1 (lead committee (Health)) 20 September

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

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Local Government and Transport)) 13 September

Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee) 27 September

Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee) 28 September

Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 completed 14 September [em]

Stage 3 amendments may now be lodged with the Clerks to the Environment and Rural Development Committee

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

Stage 1 (Subordinate Legislation Committee) 27 September, Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Environment and Rural Development)) 28 September

Family Law (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 (Day 1) (Justice 1 Committee) 5 October

[em] Amendments to ss. 1 - 7 should be lodged by 12 noon on Friday 30 September with the Clerks to the Justice 1 Committee[/em]

Housing (Scotland) Bill (Ex) Stage 2 (Day 2) (Communities Committee) 28 September

Stage 2 (Day 2) (Communities Committee) 28 September

[em] Amendments to ss. 51 - 94 should be lodged by 12 noon on Friday 23 September with the Clerks to the Communities Committee[/em]

Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Health)) 27 September

Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill (C)

Stage 1 (Finance Committee) 20 September

Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 (Day 2) (Local Government and Transport Committee) 27 September

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

Stage 2 (Day 2) (Justice 2 Committee) 27 September

Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill (M)

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

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

Stage 1 (lead committee (Enterprise and Culture)) 27 September

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill (P)

Preliminary Stage (debate, meeting of the Parliament) 28 September, Preliminary Stage Report - Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee (1st Report, 2005)

 

OTHER EVENTS

Monday 26 September

Holyrood conference on The Scottish Parliament Explained

Business Exchange FSB Tour, Garden Lobby, 6.00pm

Tuesday 27 September

International Police Conference Reception, Garden Lobby, 5.00pm

SCVO, P1.02, 6.00pm

Association of Scottish Colleges, Committee Room 2, 6.00pm

Wednesday 28 September

Cross-Party Group on Autistic Spectrum Disorder, 1.00pm

Cross-Party Group on Epilepsy, 1.30pm

Cross-Party Group on Refugees and Asylum Seekers, 5.30pm

Cross-Party Group on Cancer, 5.30pm

Cross-Party Group on Renewable Energy, 6.00pm

Cross-Party Group on Waste Management, 6.00pm

British Council Scotland, P1.02, 6.00pm

Devolved Water Issues, Committee Room 3, 6.00pm

Thursday 29 September

Cross-Party Group on Tobacco Control, 12.30pm

Cross-Party Group on Sport, 12.45pm

Friday 30 September

Holyrood conference on Leadership

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