Wednesday 22 February 2006

 

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill (for text of motion see S2M-3895 in Section F of the Business Bulletin for Monday 6 February 2006)

followed by Financial Resolution: Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill (for text of motion see S2M-3486 in Section F of the Business Bulletin for Monday 31 October 2005)

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-3642 Bruce Crawford: Beauly to Denny Power Line: Concerns Over Increase of Childhood Leukaemia (for text of motion see Section F of the Business Bulletin for Monday 5 December 2005)

 

Thursday 23 February 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (for text of motion see S2M-3894 in Section F of the Business Bulletin for Monday 6 February 2006)

11.40 am General Question Time (for names of those Members selected for General Question Time see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 9 February 2006)

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Services and Communities (for names of those Members selected for Themed Question Time see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 9 February 2006)

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Fair to All, Personal to Each – the Progress on Waiting

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

 

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-3877 Mr Jim Wallace: Air Ambulance Trials in Orkney (for text of motion see Section F of the Business Bulletin for Monday 30 January 2006)

Equal Opportunities Committee
21 February 2006
4th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Disability inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Katy McCloskey, Coalition of Higher Education Students in Scotland
Kevin Morris and Graeme Wise, National Union of Students Scotland

Panel 2

Miki Quigley, Cumbernauld College
Jenny Rees, Glasgow Caledonian University
Ruth Hendery, Jewel and Esk Valley College
Anne Simpson, Strathclyde University

Panel 3

Lorna Caldwell, Leia Fitzgerald and Alan Scott, Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

2. Equalities review: The Committee will consider a research specification.

3. Disability inquiry: The Committee will consider its inquiry timetable.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 March, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on its Disability Inquiry – Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities.

Audit Committee
21 February 2006
3rd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 8 in private.

2. Scottish Further Education Funding Council: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Scottish Further Education Funding Council: a progress report" (AGS/2006/1).

3. Section 22 Report on Inverness College: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "The 2004/05 Audit of Inverness College".

4. Tackling Waiting Times: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Tackling waiting times in the NHS in Scotland" (AGS/2006/2).

5. Ferry Services: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to its letter on the AGS report entitled "Scottish Executive: The Northlink ferry services contract" (AGS/2005/10).

6. NHS Performance Overview: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to its letter on the AGS report entitled "Overview of the performance of the NHS in Scotland 2004/05" (AGS/2005/9).

7. Audit Committee Remit: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk on proposed changes to its remit.

8. Consideration of Approach to AGS Reports: The Committee will consider its approach to the AGS reports entitled "Scottish Further Education Funding Council: a progress report" (AGS/2006/1) and "Tackling waiting times in the NHS in Scotland" (AGS/2006/2).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider briefings from the Auditor General from Scotland on published reports as appropriate.

 

Finance Committee
21 February 2006
5th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Inquiry into Cost of Local Authority Single Status Agreement: The Committee will take evidence from—

Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform;
David Henderson, Head of Local Government Finance and Local Funding Division; and
Graham Owenson, Team Leader, Local Government Expenditure and Grant Distribution Division.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following draft instrument—

Draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2005 Amendment (No.2) Order 2006

and will take evidence from—

Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform;
John Williams, Finance Expenditure Policy Division, Scottish Executive; and John Nicholson, Finance Expenditure Policy Division, Scottish Executive.

3. Subordinate legislation: Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform to move motion S2M-3910—

That the Finance Committee recommends that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2005 Amendment (No.2) Order 2006 be approved.

4. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum from—

James Fowlie, Policy Manager and Team Leader, Environment and Regeneration, CoSLA; Alan Logan, Head of Finance, West Lothian Council and CIPFA advisor to CoSLA; and Ian Snodgrass, Chief Executive, North Ayrshire Council and SOLACE advisor to CoSLA.

5. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 February, it is expected that the Committee will take further evidence on the Financial Memorandum for the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill from Scottish Executive officials. The Committee will also consider a draft report on the Financial Memorandum for the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill in private.

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on various Financial Memoranda at subsequent meetings.

Procedures Committee
21 February 2006
4th Meeting, 2006 

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 6

1. Review of Parliamentary Time: Committee members who took part in the visit to the Parliament of Catalonia on 30 and 31 January will report back to the Committee.

2. Consolidation Bills: The Committee will take evidence from—

Iain Jamieson, former adviser to the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill Committee.

3. Committee Annual Reports: The Committee will consider a proposal by the Conveners’ Group to discontinue the requirement for committee annual reports; and will decide whether to consider a draft report and draft changes to standing orders in private at a future meeting.

Proposed future business

At its meeting on 7 March, the Committee is expected to finalise its report on procedures relating to Crown appointments.

 

Subordinate Legislation Committee
21 February 2006
6th Meeting, 2006 

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following bill—

Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—

Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

3. Legislative consent memorandum: The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.

4. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on the following—

the Police Grant (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/39); and
the National Health Service (Constitution of Health Boards) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/32).

5. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

the Risk Assessment and Minimisation (Accreditation Scheme) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).

6. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—

the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Slaughter and Vaccination) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/45);
the TSE (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/46);
the Perth (Pilotage Powers) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/49);
the Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/51);
the Solway Firth Regulated Fishery (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/57); and
the Inshore Fishing (Prohibtion of Fishing for Cockles) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/58).

7. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Radioactivity in Sheep) Partial Revocation (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/52).

8. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—

the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/44);
the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No.3) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/47);
the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No.1) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/48);
the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No.4) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/55); and
the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No. 3, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/59).

9. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider correspondence received from the Scottish Executive in relation to its draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure. 

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee
21 February 2006
4th Meeting, 2006 

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 5

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. 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. 

Health Committee
21 February 2006
5th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Care Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from Lord Sutherland, formerly chair of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care of the Elderly.

2. Care Inquiry: Committee members who participated as observers during recent Care Commission inspections will provide a report back.

3. Care Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence, in roundtable format, from—

Aileen Anderson, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
David Bookbinder, Policy & Practice Co-ordinator, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Alice Brown, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
Fiona Cherry, Royal College of Nursing Scotland
Jim Dickie, Director of Social Work, North Lanarkshire Council
Ewan Findlay, National Committee, Scottish Care
Annie Gunner, Director, Community Care Providers Scotland
Will Mallinson, Service Manager, Edinburgh Advocacy & Representation Service
Alan McKeown, Policy Officer, CoSLA
Adam Rennie, Health Department, Scottish Executive
Hilda Smith, Association of Directors of Social Work
Pat Wells, Lay Member, RCGP Scotland, P3 – Patient Partnership in Practice

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider whether to take evidence at a subsequent meeting on the following negative instruments—

the National Health Service (Variation of Areas of Greater Glasgow and Highland Health Boards)(Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/33)
the National Health Service (Constitution of Health Boards) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SS1 2006/32).

5. Care Inquiry (in private): The Committee will discuss the evidence received and any follow up action.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 February, the Committee will consider its Forward Work Programme.

Justice 2 Committee
21 February 2006
4th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will receive a briefing from Scottish Executive officials on likely Scottish Executive amendments to the Bill at Stage 2.

2. Legislative consent memorandum on the Police and Justice Bill: The Committee will consider memorandum LCM (S2) 4.1 on the Police and Justice Bill, currently under consideration in the UK Parliament.

3. Forthcoming Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the role and person specification for the post of adviser.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on Tuesday 28 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

The Committee expects to take evidence on the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 at subsequent meetings. 

Local Government and Transport Committee
21 February 2006
5th Meeting, 2006 

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the National Bus Travel Concession Scheme for Older and Disabled Persons (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/draft) from—

Panel 1

Jo Cowan, Community Worker (Lochaber), Age Concern Scotland;
Trevor Meadows, Convener, Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland; and
Roderick McLeod, Member, Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland

Panel 2

Marjory Rodger, Director of Government Relations Scotland, CPT;
George Mair, Managing Director, First Aberdeen;
Robert Andrew, Deputy Managing Director, Stagecoach Scotland; and
John Elliot, Chief Executive, Traveline Scotland.

2. Subordinate legislation: Tavish Scott (Minister for Transport and Telecommunications) to move motion S2M-3869—

that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft National Bus Travel Concession Scheme for Older and Disabled Persons (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: David Davidson to move motions—

S2M-3899: that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Road User Charging (Liability for Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/651);
S2M-3900: that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Road User Charging (Penalty Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/652); and
S2M-3901: that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Road User Charging Schemes (Keeping of Accounts and Relevant Expenses) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/654).

4. Subordinate legislation: Tavish Scott (Minister for Transport and Telecommunications) to move motion S2M-3688—

that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Transfer of Functions from the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority and the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive to the West of Scotland Transport Partnership Order 2006 be approved.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 February, it is expected that the Committee will begin to take oral evidence on its inquiry into Freight Transport.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on its inquiry into Freight Transport at subsequent meetings.

Communities Committee
22 February 2006
6th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

David Lonsdale, Assistant Director, CBI Scotland
Susan Love, Policy Development Officer, Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland
Iain Duff, Chief Economist, Scottish Council for Development and Industry
Anthony Aitken, Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

2. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider supplementary evidence from the Scottish Executive.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 March, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill. 

Justice 1 Committee
22 February 2006
6th Meeting, 2006 

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 6

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 6

1. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider European Union Justice and Home Affairs issues. 

Environment and Rural Development Committee
22 February 2006
6th Meeting, 2006 

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Food Supply Chain Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received to date on this inquiry.

Not before 10:45 am

2. Inquiry into developments in the biomass industry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Dr Bernie Bulkin and Hugh Raven, Commissioners, Sustainable Development Commission Scotland;
Jeremy Sainsbury and Fergus Tickell, members of the biomass study group, Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland (FREDS);

Panel 2

Chris Inglis, Executive Director, Forestry and Timber Association;
Steve Luker, Consultant to the Scottish Forest Industries Cluster; and
Stuart Goodall, Head of Policy, Confederation of Forest Industries.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/27).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 March, it is expected that the Committee will take further oral evidence from 2 panels of witnesses on its inquiry into developments in the biomass industry.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on its inquiry into developments in the biomass industry at its meeting on 8 March and will consider a number of items of subordinate legislation at that meeting. 

Public Petitions Committee
22 February 2006
4th Meeting, 2006
 

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—

PE930 Scottish Public Service Ombudsman’s Act. Lucy Johnson McDowall will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition.
PE932 Supporting People Funding. Stella MacDonald will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition accompanied by David White and Margaret Duncan.
PE928 Support for the Dalkeith Bypass. Margot Russell will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition accompanied by Ann Stewart-Kmicha, Chair, Dalkeith & District Community Council and Colin Macfarlane, Chair, Midlothian Chambers of Commerce.
PE914 To amend criminal justice legislation to require criminals to make financial reparation to the victim(s) of their crime.
PE927 Register of Freemasons in the Church of Scotland.
PE929 Review implementation of European Union drinking water directive.

2. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—

PE776, PE814 & PE826 NHS24. The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Health and Community Care and NHS 24.
PE878 Coastal and river erosion. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and Moray Council.
PE861 & PE824 Burns Heritage. The Committee will consider comments from the petitioners.
PE773 Screening for cardiomyopathy and heart disorders. The Committee will consider the progress of this petition.
PE802 Regulation of Health Professionals. The Committee will consider responses from the petitioner and the British Psychological Society.
PE866 Medical Negligence. The Committee will consider responses from the BMA Scotland; Citizen’s Advice Scotland; the General Medical Council; the Law Society of Scotland; the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow; the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh; the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Minister for Health and Community Care.
PE791 Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital. The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Health and Community Care and the Chief Medical Officer.
PE811 GSM-R communication mast. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Communities.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on Wednesday 8 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on Public Community Partnership funding; siting of oil depots; criminal procedures for financial reparation for victims of crime; severance payment for councillors; traffic orders/local authority consultation and NHS services – consultation. It is also expected that the Committee will give further consideration to current petitions on reform of the law of trust; review of the National Parks (Scotland) Bill; local authority democratic accountability; amendment of criminal law in relation to sex offences; review of planning and other issues surrounding the creation of new towns; provision of lockers for school pupils; future prospects for the Scottish haulage industry and rail services between Inverness, Thurso and Wick.

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee
22 February 2006
4th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Stow Station: Preliminary Consideration of Objection: The Committee will consider a paper on the preliminary consideration of an objection to the proposal for a station at Stow.

2. Approach to Stow Station Proposal: The Committee will consider a paper on its approach to the Stow station proposal.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on Monday 27 February, 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.

BILL TRACKER

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (lead committee (Environment & Rural Development)) Report published 7 February

Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (Finance Committee) 31 January, indications are the bill will receive Royal Assent in May 2006

Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill (Ex)
Stage 2 (Finance Committee) completed 31 January

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

Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (P)
Consideration Stage completed 21 December
Final Stage amendments may now be lodged with the clerks to the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee

Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Passed 2 February 2006

Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill (C)
Stage 2 (Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill Committee) 22 February
Amendments should be lodged by 12 noon on Friday 10 February with the clerks to the committee
 
Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Passed 19 January

Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Local Government & Transport)) 7, 21 February

Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Communities)) 1 February
Stage 1 to be completed 19 May 2006

Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (debate, meeting of the Parliament) 2 February
Stage 1 Report – Justice 2 Committee (2nd Report, 2006)
Stage 2 – Justice 2 Committee, 21 February 2006

Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (lead committee (Justice 1)) 1 February

Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (lead committee (Education)) 8 February

St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill (M)
Stage 1 (lead committee (Enterprise & Culture)) 24 January
The committee is to produce a further report, no date has been set, as yet, for publication

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill (P)
Consideration Stage (Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee) 30 January, 27 February

 

 

 

 

 

 

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