Wednesday 21 December 2005

Time for Reflection - Rt. Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Ministerial Statement: Abolition of Priority Need

Finance Committee Debate: Budget Process 2006-07

Business Motion

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-3407 Des McNulty:  Earthquake in Kashmir

Thursday 22 December 2005

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Scottish Socialist Party Business: Blood Products

Scottish Socialist Party Business: "Torture Flights" on Scottish Soil

General Question Time

First Minister’s Question Time

Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-3698 Mr Andrew Welsh:  Gas Work Notification Scheme

Themed Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Services and Communities

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

The Scottish Parliament will be in recess from 24 December 2005 to 9 January 2006.

COMMITTEES

The Procedures Committee will meet on 20 December 2005 at 10.15am in Committee Room 1 to discuss:
1. Review of Parliamentary Time: Committee members who took part in the recent visit to the Norwegian Parliament and the videoconference with officials of the New Zealand Parliament will report back to the Committee.
2. Work programme: The Committee will consider its priorities for the early months of 2006.
3. Procedural Guidance: The Committee will consider revisions to the Guidance on Private Bills.
4. Private Bill Committee assessors (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report and standing order changes.
5. Procedures relating to Crown appointees (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report and standing order changes.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 10 January the Committee may take further oral evidence in relation to its Review of Parliamentary Time inquiry.

The Subordinate Legislation Committee will meet on 20 December 2005 at 10.30 am 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 the delegated powers provisions in the following bill: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.
3. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on the following: the Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Act 1990 (Enforcement of Overseas Forfeiture Orders) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/581); the Adults with Incapacity (Management of Residents’ Finances) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/610); the Plant Health (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/613); the Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/616); the Rural Stewardship Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/620); and the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/624).
4. Proposed subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the Student Fees (Specification) Order 2006.
5. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following: the Budget (Scotland) Act 2005 Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft); and the Police Act 1997 Amendment (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).
6. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following: the Adults with Incapacity (Supervision of Welfare Guardians etc. by Local Authorities) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/630); the Adults with Incapacity (Countersignatories for Application for Authority to Intromit) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/631); the Fossil Fuel (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/641); the Products of Animal Origin (Third World Imports) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/645); the Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/646); and the Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures in Zoos) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/647).
7. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following: Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No.9) (Civil Partnership Act 2004) 2005, (SSI 2005/632); and Act of Sederunt (Ordinary Cause Rules) Amendment (Civil Partnership Act 2004) 2005, (SSI 2005/638).
8. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will consider a draft report.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 10 January it is expected that the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure. The Committee will also consider a draft report in relation to its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland.

The European and External Relations Committee will meet on 20 December 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 1 to discuss:
1. Proposals for a European Institute for Technology (EIT): The Committee will take evidence from: Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Scottish Executive; and Dr Andy Bishop, Head of Science and Higher Education Research Branch, Scottish Executive.
2. The implementation of Structural Funds programmes in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from: Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Scottish Executive; and Philip Raines, Head of the Cohesion and Coordination Team, Scottish Executive. The Committee will then consider how it might wish to proceed with this issue.
3. The European Commission’s Work Programme 2006 - Tracking issues identified by the Committee: As part of its watching brief on the European Commission’s Work Programme for 2006, the Committee will consider an update paper.
4. 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: Previous Councils: Education, Youth and Culture Council, 14-15 November; General Affairs and External Relations Council, 21-22 November; Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 22-24 November; ECOFIN, 24 November; and Justice and Home Affairs Council, 1-2 December.
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. Convener’s Report: The Convener will update the Committee on the: Response from the Scottish Executive regarding points raised under the Pre- and Post-Council scrutiny item; The position regarding the Committee of the Regions’ subsidiarity test project; Latest position regarding the Committee’s involvement in ‘Plan D’ and other related initiatives; and Proposed changes to the way the Scottish Executive reports to the Committee Report from consultants to the Scottish Executive on the economic impact of the G8 summit on Scotland.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 17 January 2006 it is expected that the Committee will consider its regular standing items.

The Health Committee will meet on 20 December 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 2 to discuss:
1. Subordinate legislation: Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, will move the following motion: S2M-3703 That the Health Committee recommends that the draft Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2004 (Modification of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978) Order 2005 be approved.
2. Subordinate legislation: Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, will move the following motion: S2M-3717 That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 18) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/626) be approved.
3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments: the Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/605); the Meat (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/607); the Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/608); the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/617); and the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/618).
4. Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).
5. Legislative Consent Motion: The Committee will consider practical arrangements for the consideration of a legislative consent memorandum (LCM (S2) 1.1) on the UK Health Bill.
6. Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft Stage 1 report.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 10 January it is expected that the Committee will consider a legislative consent memorandum (LCM (S2) 1.1) on the Health Bill – UK Legislation.  The Committee expects to continue its consideration of the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 in January. The Committee also expects to undertake case studies as part of its care inquiry in January and to commence oral evidence taking in February.

The Communities Committee will meet on 21 December 2005 at 9.30am in Committee Room 4 to discuss:
1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.
2. Draft Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 21: Green Belts: The Committee will take evidence on the Executive’s draft planning guidance on green belts from: John Inman, Planning Strategy Manager, City of Edinburgh Council and Brian McAuley, Planning and Regeneration Services, East Renfrewshire Council, Scottish Society of Directors of Planning (SSDP); Graham U’ren, Director, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in Scotland; Andrew Robinson, Chairman and John Smith, former Chairman, Scottish Planning Consultants Forum (SPCF); and then from: Allan Lundmark, Director of Planning and Communications, Homes for Scotland; Michael Levack, Chief Executive, Scottish Building; Jonathon Hall, Head of Rural Policy, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association (SRPBA); and then from: Deryck Irving, Senior Development Officer, Greenspace Scotland; Dr Alastair Macbeth, Chairman, Helensburgh Green Belt Group (representing Scottish Green Belts Alliance); Douglas Murray, Secretary, Association of Scottish Community Councils; Helen Todd, Access Campaign Officer, Ramblers Association; David Rice, Chairman, RuralScotland.
3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments: the Scottish Homes (Dissolution) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/609) and the Town and Country Planning (Limit of Annual Value) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/594).
4. The proposed Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Bill.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 11 January it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence on the proposed planning bill.

The Education Committee will meet on 21 December 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 6 to discuss:
1. Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland): The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.
Proposed future business
The Committee expects that it will continue to consider the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill at its next meeting on 11 January 2006. The Committee is also planning to continue its early years inquiry in the new year.

The Justice 1 Committee will meet on 21 December 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 5 to discuss:
1. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from: Professor Alice Brown, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and Carolyn Hirst, Deputy Scottish Public Services Ombudsman; and then from: Dr Rachel Murray, University of Bristol; and then from: Lord McCluskey, retired Senator of the College of Justice.
2. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence sessions to date on the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill, in order to inform the drafting of its Stage 1 report.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 11 January 2006 it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates on the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at Stage 1.   The Committee expects to take further evidence on the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at Stage 1 at subsequent meetings.

The Public Petitions Committee will meet on 21 December 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 1 to discuss:
1. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions: PE905 The use of excessive packaging in supermarkets and the use of recycled alternatives. Ellie MacDonald and Faith Waddell will make a brief statement in support of their petition accompanied by Karen Ray.  PE902 Recognition of the importance of information literacy as a key lifelong learning skill. Dr John Crawford will make a brief statement in support of his petition accompanied by Christine Irving and Christopher Milne. PE904 Introduction of an early breast cancer screening programme in Scotland to start from age 30 upwards. Katie Moffat will make a brief statement in support of her petition. PE903 Development and introduction of a Scottish planning policy document on ecovillages.  PE906 A moratorium on all PPP Schools projects still in the planning stage pending an audit and guidance in relation to loss of open space.  PE907 Upgrade of inadequate existing local services prior to the development of new housing in proposed Local Plans.
2. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions: PE841 To amend the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976. The Committee will consider responses from the petitioner, the Lord Advocate and the Minister for Justice. PE862 Review of the current system for dealing with and monitoring convicted child sex offenders. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive. PE816 Property values and businesses affected by wind farm developments. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive, the Department of Trade and Industry and Views of Scotland. PE751 An inquiry into the procedures and practices of the Scottish Legal Aid Board. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Legal Aid Board and the Disability Rights Commission. PE829 To consider and debate the impact of the housing stock transfer on Scottish communities. The Committee will consider responses from Communities Scotland; Glasgow Housing Association; Keystone Tenant Managed Homes; and Property Managers Association. PE648 Provision of portable oxygen and pulmonary rehabilitation classes throughout the country. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive. PE831 Review of Scottish Executive policy on public libraries to ensure appropriate provision in rural areas. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Library and Information Council; Highland Council; COSLA and the Scottish Executive. PE832 To debate the use of Public Private Partnership funding to build new schools. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.
3. eEurope Awards on eGovernment Good Practice 2005: The Committee will consider a paper by the clerk.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 18 January 2006 it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on a review of the study of Scottish history, literature and languages; market-led urban regeneration projects; the forthcoming Planning Bill; the final report of the Independent Review of NHS24; protection for amenity woodland; and Inter-parliamentary petitions. It is also expected that the Committee will give further consideration to current petitions on profit from criminal memoirs; a specialist inpatient mental health unit for deaf and deafblind people; Post Office provision for the disabled and elderly in rural areas; the use of chloramines disinfectant in the treatment of drinking water; a coherent national policy in relation to the teaching of singing; the provision of wheelchairs and specialist seating services within the NHS; upgrade of the Southern Section of the A77 and the establishment of the golden eagle as the national bird of Scotland.

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee will meet on 21 December 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 3 to discuss:
1. Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Consideration Stage.
Proposed future business
The meeting on 21 December is the last scheduled meeting of the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee at Consideration Stage. After Consideration Stage has been completed, the Bill moves to Final Stage.

The Environment and Rural Development Committee will meet on 21 December 2005 at 10.15am in Committee Room 2 to discuss:
1. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to take Item 4 in private. The Committee will also decide whether to consider the evidence received to date on the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting and whether to consider a draft Stage 1 report on the Bill in private at future meetings.
2. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from: Panel 1: Alex Hogg, Chairman, Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association; Dr Colin Shedden, Director, British Association for Shooting and Conservation; Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports; Hugh Rose, Scottish Secretary, British Deer Society; Panel 2: Gillian Bain, (Senior Animal Health and Welfare Officer, Highland Council), COSLA; Stuart Shearlaw, Senior Inspector, Central Scotland Police Animal Health and Welfare Department; Alan Stewart, (Wildlife and Environment Officer, Tayside Police), Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland; Superintendent Mike Flynn, Scottish SPCA; and Mark Fuchter, Head of the Prohibitions and Restrictions Policy Group, HM Revenue and Customs.
3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments: the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/599); the Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/614); and the Smoke Control Areas (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/615).
4. Work programme: The Committee will consider its future work programme.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 11 January 2006 the Committee will complete its Stage 1 evidence on the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill by hearing from independent commentators and the Minister for Environment and Rural Development. The Committee will also take evidence from the Minister on the Organic Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005.

BILL TRACKER

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

Stage 1 (lead committee (Health)) 20 December

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Environment and Rural Development)) 21 December

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 and Transport)) 20 December

Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee) 10 January

Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee) 21 December

Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 (Day 1) 20 December

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

Stage 2 21 December

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

Stage 1 (lead committee (Justice 2)) 10 January

Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Justice 1)) 21 December

Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Education)) 11 January

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

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

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill (P)

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

OTHER EVENTS

Wednesday 21 December 2005

Carol Service, Garden Lobby, 16.00

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