The parliament continues to debate outside the main chamber, but within the parliament in Committee Room 2.

Wednesday 22 March 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by Executive Business
followed by Business Motion
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 23 March 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by Executive Business
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 March 2006)
12 noon First Minister’s Question Time
2.15 pm Themed Question Time—
Health and Community Care;
Environment and Rural Development (for names of those Members selected for Themed Question Time see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 9 March 2006)
2.55 pm Executive Business
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business

 

Committee

Equal Opportunities Committee
21 March 2006
6th Meeting, 2006

1. Age and Experience: Consultation on the Strategy for a Scotland with an Ageing Population: The Committee will be taking evidence.

2. Disability inquiry: The Committee will be taking evidence.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 18 April, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on its Disability Inquiry – Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities.

Audit Committee
21 March 2006
4th Meeting, 2006

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 4 and 5 in private.

2. Consultant Contract: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Implementing the NHS consultant contract in Scotland" (AGS/2006/3).

3. Tackling Waiting Times: The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into the AGS report entitled "Tackling waiting times in the NHS in Scotland" (AGS/2006/02).

4. Tackling Waiting Times: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 3.

5. Consultant Contract: The Committee will consider its approach to the AGS report entitled "Implementing the NHS consultant contract in Scotland" (AGS/2006/02).

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 18 April, it is expected that the Committee will receive a briefing from the AGS on his report entitled "Performance Management in Scottish Enterprise".
The Committee expects to take evidence on its inquiry into Inverness College at a future meeting.

Finance Committee
21 March 2006
9th Meeting, 2006

1. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider a Review of Scottish Executive management of public finances in private at its next meeting.

2. Deprivation Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on its inquiry into deprivation.

3. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 28 March, the Committee will consider its approach to financial memoranda of forthcoming legislation; and a review of Scottish Executive management of public finances.
The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on various Financial Memoranda at subsequent meetings, including the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill on 18 April 2006 and the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill on 25 April 2006.

Procedures Committee
21 March 2006
6th Meeting, 2006

1. Review of Parliamentary Time: Mr Bruce McFee MSP, who visited the Parliaments of Estonia and Finland on 22 and 23 February, will report back to the Committee.

2. Improving the legislative process: The Committee will consider points raised during the Chamber debate on Wednesday 15 March.

3. Motions and decisions: The Committee will further consider possible changes to the Rules on pre-emption of amendments to motions and the withdrawal of motions and amendments.

4. Finance Committee’s inquiry into accountability and governance: The Committee will consider an invitation by the Finance Committee to provide written evidence and to contribute to a seminar.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 25 April, it is expected that the Committee will consider issues that have arisen in its Inquiry into Parliamentary Time, its approach to its Inquiry into Members’ Bills where the member in charge is a member of the lead Committee, and may consider further issues raised in relation to the requirement for Committee Annual Reports.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
21 March 2006
10th Meeting, 2006

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

2. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on the following—
the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Rules 2006, (SSI 2006/94);
the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/95);
the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/96);
the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Registration) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/97);
the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Area (Variation) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/112);
the Diligence against Earnings (Variation) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/116);
the Dairy Produce Quotas (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/119);
the Provision of Water and Sewerage Services (Reasonable Cost) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/120);
the Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/124);
the Water Environment (Consequential Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/127);
the Waste Management Licensing (Water Environment) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/128);
the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (Commencement No. 1) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/101); and
the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement and Savings) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/104).

3. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—
the Joint Inspections (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).

4. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—
the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Consequential and Supplementary Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/129);
the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/130);
the National Health Service (Dental Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/131);
the Functions of Health Boards (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/132);
the Water Environment (Oil Storage) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/133);
the Sight Testing (Examination and Prescription) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/134);
the National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/135);
the National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Performers Lists) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/136);
the National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/137);
the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/138);
the National Health Service (Service Committees and Tribunal) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/139);
the Children (Protection at Work) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/140);
the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/141);
the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/142);
the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/143);
the National Waiting Times Centre Board (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/144);
the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/151); and
the Gambling Act 2005 (Licensing Authority Policy Statement) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/154).

5. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 16) (Scotland) Order 2005 Partial Revocation Order 2006, (SSI 2006/145).

6. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 28 March, it is expected that the Committee will continue to consider both the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 and a draft report into its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland. The Committee will also consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure.

Enterprise and Culture Committee
21 March 2006
8th Meeting, 2006

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take oral evidence on the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 Modification Order 2006.

2. Subordinate legislation : Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, to move motion S2M-4020 - That the Enterprise and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 Modification Order 2006 be approved.

3. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The adviser will brief the Committee at Stage 1 on part 4 (Land Attachment) of the Bill.

4. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 on part 4 (Land Attachment).

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

6. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 28 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from witnesses on the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Health Committee
21 March 2006
7th Meeting, 2006

1. Care Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from individuals who have made written submissions to the inquiry.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—
the NHS Education for Scotland Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/79);
the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/84);
the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/95);
the Fish Labelling (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/105);
the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/113);
the National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/114); and
the National Health Service (Tribunal) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/122).

3. Work Programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 28 March, the Committee will take further evidence into its Care Inquiry from the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care.

Justice 2 Committee
21 March 2006
8th Meeting, 2006

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 7 in private.

2. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on a proposed amendment to this Bill in relation to the retention of DNA samples.

3. Subordinate legislation: Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice to move the following motion S2M-4022 - That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

4. Subordinate legislation: Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice to move the following motion S2M-4069 – That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Community Justice Authorities (Establishment, Constitution and Proceedings) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—
The Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Designation of Partner Bodies) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/63).

6. Finance Committee inquiry into accountability and governance: The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

7. Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider possible candidates for appointment to the role of adviser.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 28 March, the Committee will continue Stage 2 consideration of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.
The Committee will continue Stage 2 consideration of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

Local Government and Transport Committee
21 March 2006
9th Meeting, 2006

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 4 and 5 in private. The Committee will also consider whether to take future consideration of its draft report on Stage 1 of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill in private.

2. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will be taking Stage 1 evidence.

3. Freight transport inquiry: The Committee will be taking evidence.

4. Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

5. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the possible contents of its report to the Communities Committee on the Bill.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 28 March, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on its inquiry into freight transport in Scotland.
The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its freight transport inquiry at subsequent meetings.

Communities Committee
22 March 2006
9th Meeting, 2006

1. Subordinate legislation: Johann Lamont MSP, Deputy Minister for Communities, to move the following motions—
S2M-3992— That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.
S2M-3993— That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—
the Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contribution Limits (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/64).

3. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will be taking Stage 1 evidence.

4. Petition PE811: The Committee will consider petition PE811 on behalf of Parents and Residents Against Masts, calling for the Scottish Parliament to consider and debate the Permitted Development Rights enjoyed by Network Rail in respect of the erection of 96ft GSM-R communication masts in residential areas.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 28 March, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
22 March 2006
10th Meeting, 2006

1. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—
the Seeds (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/70);
the Water Services Charges (Billing and Collection) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/71); and
the Water and Sewerage Charges (Exemption and Reduction) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/72).

3. Scottish Water: The Committee will take evidence on issues relating to the governance of Scottish Water from Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

4. Finance Committee inquiry into accountability and governance: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Finance Committee on its inquiry into the accountability and governance of parliamentary commissioners and ombudsmen.

5. Inquiry into developments in the biomass industry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 29 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3).

Justice 1 Committee
22 March 2006
9th Meeting, 2006

1. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its approach to the scrutiny at Stage 1 of the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill in private at future meetings.

2. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—
the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2006, (SSI 2006/86).

3. Scottish Criminal Record Office: The Committee will consider correspondence received from the Minister for Justice.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 29 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider a Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill; subordinate legislation, and its approach to the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill.
The Committee expects to take oral evidence on the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

Education Committee
22 March 2006
7th Meeting, 2006

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 4, 5 and 6 in private.

2. Proposed School Meals and Snacks (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a statement of reasons why no further consultation is required on the proposed Bill and will take evidence.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—
the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (Practice and Procedure) Rules 2006 (SSI 2006/88).
4. Finance Committee accountability and governance inquiry: The Committee will agree its response.

5. Appointment of an adviser: The Committee will consider applications for the position of an adviser to assist in the scrutiny of the proposed Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill.

6. Pupil Motivation Inquiry: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 29 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).
The Committee expects to consider further the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill at Stage 2 at its next meeting.

Public Petitions Committee
22 March 2006
6th Meeting, 2006

1. Consideration of a new Forth Road Bridge: The Committee will take evidence on PE943.

2. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following further new petitions—
PE937 To recognise and promote "Public Community Partnership" (PCP) funding as an alternative to PPP funding as a means of securing the long term future of rural schools.
PE946 To consider and debate the process of local engagement and consultation in local planning issues.
PE941 To ensure greater protection for the rivers, streams and lochs of Scotland from fish farms developments.
PE944 To investigate equal access for children with both parents after separation in Scottish Law.
PE933 To investigate Central Scotland Police’s dealings with Thomas Hamilton during the investigation into the shootings at Dunblane Primary School.
PE940 To establish a new public inquiry into the shootings at Dunblane Primary School.
PE948 To establish a new public inquiry into the shootings at Dunblane Primary School.

3. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions——
PE616 Health and safety hazards caused by seagulls in urban areas. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development.
PE759 Displaying judge’s names and recording court proceedings. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Justice.
PE855 Maintaining and repairing roads, pavements and footpaths. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and the Society for Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland.
PE695 Affordable, accessible local transport for disabled people. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Transport and Telecommunications.
PE789 The supervised taking of prescribed methadone. The Committee will consider responses from Lothian Health Board and Greater Glasgow Health Board.
PE893 The sale or possession of swords in Scotland. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and the Violence Reduction Unit of Strathclyde Police.
PE888 Fast track hearings for institutional child abuse cases. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Law Commission and the Scottish Executive.
PE535 Inquiry into institutional child abuse. The Committee will consider an update from the Minister for Justice.
PE704 NHS Food for Good Charter. The Committee will consider the progress of this petition.

4. Proposed Petition: The Committee will consider the admissibility of a proposed petition.

5. Revised Guidance on the submission of petitions: The Committee will consider a draft of the revised guidance on the submission of petitions.

6. Research proposal: The Committee will consider a research proposal to review the first 1,000 petitions.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 19 April, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on the European Charter of Rights for people with autism; sleep disorders; the right to ownerless land; tolling regimes on the remaining toll bridges; higher parliamentary standards and existing legislation for parental consultation over school closures. The Committee also expects to give further consideration to current petitions on the global campaign for education; legislation for Speech and Language Therapy services; closure of community hospitals; the influence of supermarkets on the foodchain; common good assets; the Environmental Protection Act 1990; the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and dealing with and monitoring convicted child sex offenders.

Bill Tracker

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Report published 7 February, debate in the chamber 23 February.  Environment and Rural Development Committee, Stage 2 to be completed by 31 March

Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (Finance Committee) 31 January.  Enterprise and Culture & Subordinate Legislation Committee 7 March.  Indications are the bill will receive Royal Assent in May 2006

Crofting Reform Bill                                                                                                                    Introduced 2 March.  Environment and Rural Development Committee lead committee 19 April

Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill (P)
Consideration Stage report published 1 March.  Endinburgh Trame (Line One) Committee 15 March

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

Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill (C)
Stage 2 (Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill Committee).  Standards in Public Appointments Committee 15 March 2006

 

Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill
Introduced 2 March 2006.  Finance Committee 14 March

 

Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Local Government & Transport) to be completed by 28 April 2006

Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Communities)) 1 February
Future timetable:  Fiance Committee & Subordinate Legislation Committee 14 March, Local Governemtn and Transport Committee 14 & 21 March, Communities Committee 22 March

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, to be completed by 28 April 2006

Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (lead committee (Education)).  Stage 2 to be completed 21 April

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill (P)
Consideration Stage (Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee) 27 February, 6, 13 & 27 March 2006

Back to Search