Wednesday 3 May 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by Member’s Oath/Affirmation
followed by Stage 1 Debate: Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill
followed by Financial Resolution: Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill
followed by Business Motion
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-4284 Donald Gorrie: Funding the Voluntary Sector

Thursday 4 May 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions
The Clerk has been advised of the topics of the following Scottish Green Party Business.
followed by Scottish Green Party Debate: Replacement of Trident
followed by Scottish Green Party Debate: Nuclear Power
11.40 am General Question Time
12 noon First Minister’s Question Time
2.15 pm Themed Question Time—
Justice and Law Officers;
Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning
2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill
followed by Financial Resolution: Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill
followed by Police and Justice Bill Legislative Consent Motion – UK Legislation
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-4103 Margaret Mitchell: Strathaven Academy

Committees

Equal Opportunities Committee
2 May 2006
9th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private

2. Scottish Parliament Equality Framework: The Committee will take evidence

3. Disability inquiry: The Committee will take evidence

4. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 7 May 2005 to 6 May 2006.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 2 May, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on its Disability Inquiry – Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities, consider correspondence from the Deputy Justice Minister regarding the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005, Petition PE522 and its Age Taking Stock Exercise.

Audit Committee
2 May 2006
6th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 3

1. How Government Works (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the AGS reports entitled "Scottish Executive: supporting new initiatives" (AGS/2005/7) and "Leadership Development" (AGS/2005/8).

2. Section 22 Report on Inverness College (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to and arrangements for its inquiry into the section 22 report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "The 2004/05 Audit of Inverness College".

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 9 May, the Committee will take evidence in Inverness from the College and the Scottish Funding Council on its inquiry into the section 22 report on Inverness College. It is expected that the Committee will take evidence from Dr Kevin Woods on its inquiry into NHS consultant contract on at its meeting on 30 May 2006.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
2 May 2006
14th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider agenda item 8 and all future considerations of its draft consultation paper in private.

2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

3. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill at Stage 2.

4. Executive response: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following—the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft); and
the Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/209).

5. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—
the Registered Social Landlords (Purposes or Objects) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/211);
the Land Management Contracts (Menu Scheme) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/213);
the Croft House Grant (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/214);
the Charities Accounts (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/218); and
the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Transitional and Savings Provisions) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/221).

6. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—
the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement, Transitional Provisions and Savings) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/212).

7. Annual Report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report.

8. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will consider a draft consultation paper.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 9 May, the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure.

Enterprise and Culture Committee
2 May 2006
12th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Scottish Enterprise budget and restructuring plans: The Committee will take evidence on proposed budget and restructuring plans at Scottish Enterprise

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Student Fees (Specification) (Scotland) Order 2006

3. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1

4. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider issues emerging from evidence taken so far.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 9 May, it is expected that the Committee will take further evidence on budget and restructuring plans at Scottish Enterprise, evidence from Executive officials on the Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill as well as consider a Committee annual report for the parliamentary year 2005/06.

Justice 2 Committee
2 May 2006
12th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence

3. Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the written evidence received in relation to the Bill and consider whether to seek additional oral evidence.

4. Legal Profession and Legal Aid (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.

5. Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Police and Justice Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the debate on LCM (S2) 4.1 on the Police and Justice Bill, currently under consideration in the UK Parliament.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 9 May, the Committee will take evidence on the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill.
The Committee will continue to take evidence on the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

Communities Committee
3 May 2006
15th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.15 am in Committee Room 3

1. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Bill at Stage 1.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 9 May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Homelessness Monitoring Group and consider its draft annual report. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
3 May 2006
14th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Crofting Reform etc. Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1

2. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider a draft Stage 1 report on the Crofting Reform etc. Bill in private at all future meetings until it is agreed.

3. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following draft guidance subject to annulment—
the Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part II A Contaminated Land Statutory Guidance: Edition 2, (SE 2006/44).

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—
the Sewerage Nuisance (Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/155).

5. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 7 May 2005 to 6 May 2006.

Proposed future business
The Committee will continue to take evidence on the Crofting Reform etc. Bill at subsequent meetings in Oban on Monday 8 May and Inverness on Monday 15 May.

Justice 1 Committee
3 May 2006
13th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 4

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to consider the main themes arising from the oral evidence sessions on the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill in private, at this and future meetings, in order to inform the drafting of its Stage 1 report.

2. Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1.

3. Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence sessions to date on the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill, in order to inform the drafting of its Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 4 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider the approach to its inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office.
The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office and at Stage 1 on the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

Public Petitions Committee
3 May 2006
8th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—
PE956 To ensure the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994, as amended, are applied in relation to ship to ship oil transfers in Scotland. Mary Douglas will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition accompanied by Les Douglas.
PE958 Provision of an audio recording of civil court proceedings to those parties with special needs such as dyslexia. William Smith will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Brian McKellow.
PE957 Review of the Scottish Executive strategy Building Our Future and sites for new schools.
PE949 Review the role of the Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit in relation to the planning process and to ensure greater community involvement at the appeals stage.
PE950 To review the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (Scottish Secure Tenancy etc.) Order 2002 in relation to right to buy terms.

2. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—
Not before 11am
PE743, PE822 and PE881 Same as You. The Committee will take evidence from officials of the Scottish Executive, Department of Health:
PE884 The Environmental Protection Act 1990. The Committee will consider responses from COSLA; the Marine Conservation Society; the Scottish Executive; SEPA and South Ayrshire Council.
PE873 Post-polio syndrome. The Committee will consider responses from Greater Glasgow NHS Board, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and the petitioner.
PE892 Minimum safety standards for school buses. The Committee will consider responses from Confederation of Passenger Transport, COSLA, the EIS the Scottish Accident Prevention Council, the Scottish Executive and Minister for Education and Young People and the Scottish Parent Teachers Council.
PE889 Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 Act. The Committee will consider responses from the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
PE558 Elgin bypass. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive
PE867 Surreptitious medication. The Committee will consider responses from Enable Scotland and the Scottish Executive.
PE866 Medical negligence. The Committee will consider responses received from the Minister for Health and Community Care and the petitioner.

3. Public Petitions Committee Annual Report 2005-2006: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 17 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on the recognition and treatment of cranial abnormalities of babies; protection of common good land; protection of listed buildings and conservation areas and borderline theatre. The Committee also expects to give further consideration to current petitions on the provision of wheelchair and specialist seating services in the NHS; the use of excessive packaging in supermarkets; adequate provision of Gaelic language teachers; provision of maternity services in rural communities; the operation of the Victim Notification Scheme; compensation for property devaluation as a result of wind-farm construction; the impact of the housing stock transfer on Scottish communities and the use of chloramines disinfectant in the treatment of drinking water.

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee
3 May 2006
10th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Draft Consideration Stage report (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Consideration Stage report.

2. Draft appropriate assessment report (in private): The Committee will consider a draft appropriate assessment report.

Proposed future business
At future meetings, the Committee will continue its consideration of the Bill at Consideration Stage.

Bill Tracker

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill
Report published 7 February, debate in the chamber 23 February.  Environment and Rural Development Committee, Stage 2 to be completed by 31 March, no further dates set.

Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill
Stage 1 (Finance Committee) 31 January.  Enterprise and Culture Committee 2 May 2006.

Crofting Reform Bill                                                                                                               Introduced 2 March.  Stage 1 Evidence to be completed 30 June.

Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill
Stage 2 (Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill Committee).  Standards in Public Appointments Committee 28 March, Parliament 26 April.  No further dates set.

Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill                                                                            Introduced 2 March.  Justice 2 Committee 21 March, Finance Committee 25 April, Justice 2 Committee 25 April, Subordinate Legislation Committee 2 May 2006.
 
Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill
Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Local Government & Transport) to be completed by 28 April.  Parliament 4 May.

Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill
Introduced 19 December 2005.  Stage 1 evidence to be completed 19 May

Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill
Stage 1 (debate, meeting of the Parliament) 2 February
Stage 1 Report – Justice 2 Committee (2nd Report, 2006)
Stage 2 – Justice 2 Committee, to be completed by 28 April.  No further dates set.

Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill
Stage 1 (lead committee (Education)).  Stage 2 to be completed 21 April.  Subordiante Legislation Committee 2 May.  Parliament 10 May.

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill
Consideration Stage (Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee) 27 February, 6, 13 & 27 March, 3 May.

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