PLENARY BUSINESS

Wednesday 30 November 2005

Time for Reflection - Rev Alastair H. Symington, Troon Old Parish Church

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Stage 1 Debate: Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill 

Business Motion

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-3473 Maureen Macmillan: Outsourcing of Rail Call Centre Jobs from Vertex Call Centre, Dingwall

Thursday 1 December 2005

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Executive Debate: Ambitious Excellent Schools - One Year On

General Question Time

First Minister’s Question Time

Themed Question Time-

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

Executive Debate: Sea Fisheries

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-3549 Alex Neil: Council Tax in Very Sheltered Housing

COMMITTEES

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee will meet on 28 November 2005 10.00am in Committee Room 1 to discuss:
1. Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Consideration Stage from: Group 6: Norwich Union Life and Pensions Ltd, Promoter’s witnesses: Aileen Grant, Principal Planner, City Development Department, City of Edinburgh Council; Andrew Oldfield, Divisional Director, Mott Macdonald; Stuart Turnbull, Divisional Director, Jacobs Babtie; Steve Mitchell, Principal Consultant, Environmental Resources Management; Archibald Brown Rintoul, Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Scott McIntosh, Senior Consultant in Light Rail, Mott MacDonald. Objector’s witnesses: Julian Cobourne, Asset Manager, Morley Fund Management Ltd; Craig Wallace, Associate, Jones Lang La Salle. Group 31: FSH Nominees Ltd and FSH Airport (Edinburgh) Services Ltd, Promoter’s witnesses: Gavin Murray, Project Manager, Faber Maunsell; Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell; Michael Onanda, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell; Geoff Duke, Project Manager, tie Ltd.  Objector’s witnesses: Neil Clarkson, Partner, PWP Consulting LLP; Iain Gotts, Planning Consultant, Iain Gotts Associates; Hugh Munro, Transport Consultant, Munro Consultants.  Group 36: Meadowfield Developments Ltd, Promoter’s witnesses: Gavin Murray, Project Manager, Faber Maunsell; Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell; Geoff Duke, Project Manager, tie Ltd; Aileen Grant, Principal Planner, City Development Department, City of Edinburgh Council. Objector’s witnesses: Steven Fraser, Colin Buchanan and Partners; Iain Gotts, Planning Consultant, Iain Gotts Associates.  Group 46: BRB (Residuary) Ltd, Promoter’s witnesses: Rahual Bijlani, Lawyer, Bircham Dyson Bell; Geoff Duke, Project Manager, tie Ltd.  Objector’s witnesses: Neil Amner, Biggart Baillie.
2. Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Consideration Stage from: Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell; Geoff Duke, Project Manager, tie Ltd; Gavin Murray, Project Manager, Faber Maunsell; Barry Cross, Depute Tram Project Director, tie; John Hyde, Noise and Vibration Consultant Faber Maunsell.
3. Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider evidence taken during the day.
4. Draft Consideration Stage Report (in private): The Committee will consider its draft Consideration Stage Report.
Proposed future business
At future meetings, the Committee will continue its scrutiny of the detail of the Bill at Consideration Stage.

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee will meet on 29 November 2005 at 9.30am in Committee Room 4 to discuss:
1. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Consideration Stage Phase 1 from: Group 43 (Title Conditions), Promoter’s witness: Rahul W Bijlani, Lawyer, Bircham Dyson Bell, Solicitors & Parliamentary Agents. Group 34 (Loss of Value / Compensation), Objector’s witness: John Gilchrist, householder. Group 34 (Compensation / ECHR / Property Values), Objector’s witness: Graham Scrimgeour, householder. Group 35 (Loss of value), Objector’s witness: Stephen Craig, Partner, Hardies. Group 43 (ECHR Issues), Objector’s witness: Odell Milne, Wester Coates Terrace Action Group. Group 43 (Title Conditions), Objector’s witness: Odell Milne, Wester Coates Terrace Action Group. Group 43 (Boundary), Objector’s witness: Odell Milne, Wester Coates Terrace Action Group. Group 43 (Compensation), Objector’s witness: Odell Milne, Wester Coates Terrace Action Group.
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 Finance Committee will meet on 29 November 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 6 to discuss:
1. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum from: Brian Peddie, Head of Human Rights and Law Reform Branch; Ed Thomson, Policy Officer, Human Rights and Law Reform Branch; and Ross Truslove, Policy Officer, Human Rights and Law Reform Branch, Civil Law Division.
2. Cross-cutting Inquiry into Deprivation: The Committee will consider its findings from its site visit on 14 November 2005.
3. Budget Process 2006-07 (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Budget Process 2006-07.
4. Cross-cutting Inquiry into Deprivation (in private): The Committee will consider issues arising from evidence received for its cross-cutting inquiry into deprivation.
5. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 6 December the Committee will continue to consider its draft report on Stage 2 of the Budget Process 2006-07 and will consider a proposal for a review of Executive Management of Public Finances.  The Committee will continue to consider its draft report on Stage 2 of the Budget Process 2006-07 and scrutinise the financial memoranda of Bills at subsequent meetings.

The Subordinate Legislation Committee will meet on 29 November 2005 at 10.30am in Committee Room 3 to discuss:
1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions on the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 and may take evidence from Tommy Sheridan MSP, member in charge of the bill.
2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.
3. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on the following: the Private Landlord Registration (Information and Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/558); the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI2005/566); the Registration of Independent Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI2005/571); the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Modification of Subordinate Legislation) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/572); and the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) (Commencement and Savings) Amendment Order 2005, (SSI 2005/553).
4. Instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following: the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.17) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/585).
5. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following: Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2005, (SSI 2005/583); the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/584); the Bovine Products (Restriction on Placing on the Market) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/586); the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/589); and the Protection of Water Against Agricultural Nitrate Pollution (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/593).
6. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following: Act of Sederunt (Fees of Messengers-at-Arms) 2005, (SSI 2005/582); the Diseases of Animals (Approved Disinfectants) Amendment (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/587); the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No.2, Saving and Transitional Provisions) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/590); the Education (Recognised Bodies) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI2005/591); and the Education (Listed Bodies) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Order 2005, (SSI2005/592).
7. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will discuss oral evidence heard in relation to its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 6 December it is expected that the Committee will consider the Schools (Parental Involvement) (Scotland) Bill.  The Committee will also consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure.

The Audit Committee will meet on 29 November 2005 at 11.00am in Committee Room 2 to discuss:
1. Items in Private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 4 and 5 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 “Leadership development” (AGS/2005/8).
3. Scottish Prison Service: The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Prison Service and the Scottish Executive on the section 22 report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled “The 2004/05 Audit of the Scottish Prison Service”.
4. AGS Reports on How Government Works: The Committee will consider its approach to the reports by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled “Leadership development” (AGS/2005/8) and “Scottish Executive: supporting new initiatives” (AGS/2005/7).
5. 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
At its next meeting on 13 December the Committee will consider further reports of the Auditor General for Scotland and a response from the Scottish Executive Health Department on the Committee’s 6th Report 2005 “Bowel Cancer Services”.

The Standards and Public Appointments Committee will meet on 29 November 2005 at 11.00am in Committee Room 5 to discuss:
1. Cross-Party Group on Rural Policy: The Committee will consider an application for recognition of a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on rural policy.
2. Cross-Party Group on Fertility Services: The Committee will consider an application for recognition of a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on fertility services.
3. Review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs: The Committee will consider options on public consultation.
Proposed future business
The Committee expects to continue its review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs.

The Enterprise and Culture Committee will meet on 29 November 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 6 to discuss:
1. Item in Private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda 6 in private.
2. Subordinate legislation: Nicol Stephen MSP, Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, to move S2M-3565 That the Enterprise and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2005 be approved.
3. Internal reviews in the BBC: The Committee will take evidence from: Jeremy Peat, Governor, Ken MacQuarrie, Controller, and Donalda MacKinnon, Head of Programmes and Services, BBC Scotland.
4. Ofcom review of public service broadcasting: The Committee will take evidence from: Tim Suter, Partner for Content and Standards, Vicki Nash, Director of Ofcom Scotland, and Alan Stewart, Head of Broadcasting and Telecoms for Scotland, Ofcom.
5. Energy policy: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Convener of the Environment and Rural Development Committee.
6. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser to the Committee for its consideration of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 6 December 2005, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Scottish Executive on the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill and on the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill.

The Health Committee will meet on 29 November 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. The Committee will also consider whether to take the consideration of its work programme in private at its next meeting.
2. Subordinate legislation: Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, will move the following motions: S2M-3587- That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 15) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/575) be approved; S2M-3588- That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 16) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/579) be approved; and S2M-3621- That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 17) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/585) be approved.
3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments: the Food Labelling Amendment (No.3) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI2005/542); the National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme, Injury Benefits, Additional Voluntary Contributions and Compensation for Premature Retirement) (Civil Partnership) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI2005/544); and the Common Services Agency (Membership and Procedure) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI2005/550).
4. Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a report of the fact-finding visit to Cardiff on the phased abolition of prescription charges in Wales.
5. Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from: Panel 1: Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care; and Panel 2: Colin Fox MSP.
6. Draft Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises) Regulations 2006: The Committee will discuss possible contents of a letter to the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care on the draft regulations.
7. Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session to inform the drafting of its Stage 1 report.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 6 December the Committee will consider its work programme. At its meetings on 13 and 20 December the Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report on the Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill. Should the general principles of the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill be approved at Stage 1, the Committee will also consider the Bill at Stage 2 on 20 December.  The Committee is also planning to commence evidence taking as part of its Care Inquiry early in the New Year.

The Justice 2 Committee will meet on 29 November 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 1 to discuss:
1. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from: Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice; Bill Barron and Ian Ferguson, Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland Bill Team, Scottish Executive; Brian Cole, Community Justice Services Division, Scottish Executive; Alastair Merrill, Police Division 1, Scottish Executive; and Carolyn Magill, Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive.
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.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on Tuesday 6 December 2005 it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Prison Complaints Commissioner on his recent annual report.  The Committee expects to consider the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

The Local Government and Transport Committee will meet on 29 November 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 4 to discuss:
1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 and future consideration of draft Stage 1 reports on the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill in private.
2. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument: The Local Government Pensions Etc. (Civil Partnership) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations, (SSI 2005/554)
3. Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 6 December it is expected that the Committee will continue to consider its Stage 1 report on the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill.  The Committee expects to consider petition PE 758 on Home Safety Officers at a subsequent meeting. The Committee is also planning to carry out an inquiry into Freight Transport early next year.

The Justice 1 Committee will meet on 30 November 2005 at 9.45am in Committee Room 1 to discuss:
1. Family Law (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 6).
2. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill: The Committee will consider whether to receive a briefing in private at its next meeting from Professor Jim Murdoch, Committee Adviser on the Bill, and Sarah Harvie-Clark and Murray Earle, Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe). The Committee will also consider whether to consider the main themes arising from future evidence sessions on the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill in private, in order to inform the drafting of its Stage 1 report.
3. Committee debate in Chamber: The Committee will consider whether to seek time in the Chamber for a Committee debate.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 7 December 2005 it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Scottish Executive Bill Team and Simon Braunholtz, MORI Scotland, on the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at Stage 1. The Committee will consider various pieces of subordinate legislation.  The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at subsequent meetings.

The Education Committee will meet on 30 November 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 6 to discuss:
1. Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.
2. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument: the Teachers Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/543).
3. Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from Jennifer Wallace, Policy Manager, Education, Housing and Local Government, Scottish Consumer Council.
4. Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will further consider a draft Stage 1 report.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 7 December it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill.  The Committee expects to will continue to take evidence on the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill at subsequent meetings. The Committee is also planning to continue its Early Years inquiry in 2006.

The Environment and Rural Development Committee will meet on 30 November 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 2 to discuss:
1. Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a further draft report.
2. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage1 from Panel 1: Robin Anderson, President, Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland; Andy McGowan, Industry Development Manager, Quality Meat Scotland; George Milne, Secretary, Scottish Region, National Sheep Association; Eddie Harper, Chairperson, Livestock Group, Road Haulage Association; Panel 2: Nigel Miller, Chairman, Livestock Committee, NFU Scotland; Jackie McCreery, Legal Adviser, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association; and Professor Stuart Reid, Royal Society of Edinburgh.
3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments: the Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Control Measures) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2005, (SSI2005/552); the Plant Health Fees (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI2005/555); and the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI2005/569).
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 7 December, and at subsequent meetings on 14 and 21 December and 11 January 2006, the Committee will continue to take oral evidence as part of its Stage1 consideration of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) 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)) 30 November

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

Introduced 21 November

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

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Local Government and Transport)) 29 November

Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee) 29 November

Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee) 28 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)) 30 November

Family Law (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 (Day 6) (Justice 1 Committee) 30 November

Housing (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Passed 24 November

Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (debate, meeting of the Parliament) 30 November

Stage 1 Report - Health Committee (19th Report, 2005)

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

Stage 1 (lead committee (Education)) 30 November

Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Passed 16 November

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

Passed 3 November

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

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Justice 2) 29 November

Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee, Justice 1) 7 December

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

Monday 28 November

Inter Faith Week Display

Committee of the Regions

BIIPB Dinner, Garden Lobby

Holyrood and Canongate Book Launch, Committee Room 2, 18:30

Wednesday 30 November

Inter Faith Week Display

Lewis Wind Farm, Committee Room 1, 17:00

Cross-Party Group on Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Committee Room 3, 17.30

Inter Faith Council, Garden Lobby, 17:45

Thursday 1 December

Inter Faith Week Display

Glasgow Metropolitan College Seminar, Education Room

Christian Institute, Committee Room 3, 13:00

Petitioning the Parliament Video Launch, Committee Room 3, 18:00

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