Wednesday 24 May 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Ms Neelam Bakshi, Scottish Inter-Faith Council, Glasgow
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by Stage 1 Debate: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) followed by Financial Resolution: Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) 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-3906 Bill Butler: Sectarianism in Scotland

Thursday 25 May 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill 11.40 am General Question Time
12 noon First Minister’s Question Time
2.15 pm Themed Question Time—Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;
Justice and Law Officers
2.55 pm Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by Continuation of Stage 3 Proceedings: Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-3983 Trish Godman: The Trafficking of Impoverished Women into Forced Prostitution in Scotland

Committees

Equal Opportunities Committee
23 May 2006
12th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Disability inquiry: The Committee will take evidence.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 30 May, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on its Disability Inquiry – Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities.

Finance Committee
23 May 2006
15th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Accountability and Governance inquiry: The Committee will take evidence.

2. Inquiry into the Cost of the Local Authority Single Status Agreement: The Committee will consider the Scottish Executive’s response to the Committee’s report on the cost of the Local Authority Single Status Agreement.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 June, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, the Scottish Information Commissioner, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, and the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner. The Committee will also consider a paper on the post-legislative scrutiny of Financial Memoranda; and consider a paper from the Committee adviser on the review of the Scottish Executive’s management of public finances.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on its Accountability and Governance inquiry and on various Financial Memoranda at subsequent meetings.

Procedures Committee
23 May 2006
9th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: Robin Harper will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. References to "Scottish Government" in motions and questions: The Committee will consider a further letter from Christine Grahame MSP.

3. Review of Parliamentary Time: The Committee will consider issues relating to the Parliament’s sitting hours.

4. Members’ Bills - Member in charge: The Committee will consider possible substitution arrangements for Members in charge of a Member’s Bill who are members of a committee scrutinising the Bill but not members of a political party with at least 2 MSPs.

5. Consolidation Bill procedure: The Committee will consider written evidence from the Scottish Executive and decide how to proceed with the inquiry.

6. Motions and decisions (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report and draft Standing Order changes.

Proposed future business

At its meetings on 6 and 20 June, it is expected that the Committee will continue consideration of issues raised in its Review of Parliamentary Time and complete its short inquiries on Members’ Bills and Consolidation Bills.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
23 May 2006
17th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following bill—Criminal Proceedings etc (Reform) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

3. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following bill—Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

4. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on the following—the Public Transport Users’ Committee for Scotland Order 2006, (SSI 2006/250); and the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/239).

5. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Supplementary Provisions) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).

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

the Divorce (Religious Bodies) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/253);
the Divorce and Dissolution etc. (Pension Protection Fund) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/254); and
the Parental Responsibilities and Parental Rights Agreement (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/255).

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

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 11) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006, (SSI 2006/260).

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

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No.2) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/252).

9. Conferring powers on the Scottish Parliament: The Committee will consider a memorandum from the Non Executive Bills Unit on—Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill: Provision conferring power to make amendments by resolution of the Scottish Parliament.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 30 May, the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure.

Standards and Public Appointments Committee
23 May 2006
5th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Cross-Party Group on Renewable Energy: The Committee will consider a request from the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Renewable Energy to revise its title and remit.

2. Petition PE951: The Committee will consider a petition by Walter Dean calling on the Scottish Parliament to ensure higher parliamentary standards by (a) amending the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act 2002 to put in place an appeal mechanism for complainants whose complaints to the Commissioner have been rejected; (b) providing adequate resources for the Standards Commissioner to carry out these functions properly;

Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee
23 May 2006
2nd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Consideration of Objections: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

2. Adequacy of Accompanying documents and General Principles of the Bill: The Committee will consider the written evidence received on the adequacy of the accompanying documents and the General Principles of the Bill.

3. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.

4. Approach to oral evidence-taking at Preliminary Stage: The Committee will consider a paper on its approach to oral evidence-taking.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting the Committee will take oral evidence at Preliminary Stage.

 

European and External Relations Committee
23 May 2006
8th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

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

2. An inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s plans for future structural funds programmes 2007-13: The Committee will take evidence.

3. European Commission’s Energy Green Paper Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence.

4. The European Commission’s Work Programme 2006 - Tracking issues identified by the Committee: Following its decision to keep a watching brief on the European Commission’s Work Programme for 2006, the Committee will consider an update paper.

5. 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—

Forthcoming Councils

Education, Youth and Culture Council, 18-19 May
Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research) Council, 29-30 May
Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 1-2 June
Justice and Home Affairs Council, 1-2 June
ECOFIN Council, 7 June
Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 8-9 June

Previous Councils

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 25 April
Justice and Home Affairs Council, 27-28 April

6. 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.

7. Convener’s Report: The Convener will update the Committee on the—

EU’s JESSICA and JEREMIE funding initiatives;
Response from the Scottish Executive regarding points raised under Pre- and Post-Council scrutiny; and
House of Lords European Union Select Committee inquiry into further enlargement of the EU.

8. Draft National Strategic Reference Framework: The Committee will agree its consultation response.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 June, it is expected that the Committee will:

Consider oral evidence on Structural Funds from a number of witnesses including Allan Wilson MSP, the Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning
Consider oral evidence on Legislative Consent Memorandum from George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform
Agree a draft report on the Inquiry into Possible cooperation between Scotland and Ireland
Consider a draft response to the European Commission’s White Paper on Communication Policy

Health Committee
23 May 2006
13th 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 5 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

the Ceramic Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/230);
the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/245);
the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/246);
the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/247); and
the National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Section 17C Agreements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/248).

3. Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Bill team.

4. Care Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

5. Budget 2007/08: The Committee will consider the appointment of an adviser.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 30 May, the Committee will be discussing IT and innovation in the Health Service.

Justice 1 Committee
23 May 2006
17th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private. The Committee will also consider whether to consider the main themes arising from the oral evidence sessions on its inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office in private, at this and future meetings, in order to inform the drafting of its report.

2. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry: The Committee will take evidence.

3. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry: The Committee will consider whether to delegate to the Convener responsibility for arranging for the SPCB to pay under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses in relation to the inquiry.

4. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry: The Committee will consider whether to accept written evidence received after the deadline for submission of written evidence.

5. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence sessions to date on the inquiry, in order to inform the drafting of its report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence on the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to continue to continue consideration of the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill and its inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office at subsequent meetings.

Justice 2 Committee
23 May 2006
15th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

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.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 30 May, the Committee will take oral evidence from the Deputy Minister for Justice on the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee will consider the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

Local Government and Transport Committee
23 May 2006
14th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: Mike Rumbles will be invited to declare any relevant interest.

2. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

3. European document: The Committee will consider a European Commission consultation document on strengthening the protection of the rights of passengers travelling by sea or inland waterway in the European Union.

4. Freight transport inquiry: The Committee will consider the possible contents of its report on the Freight Transport Inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 30 May, it is expected that the Committee will begin Stage 2 of its Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to continue with Stage 2 of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

Communities Committee
24 May 2006
17th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Homelessness: The Committee will take evidence from - Malcolm Chisholm MSP, Minister for Communities.

2. Scottish Planning Policy SPP 4 - Mineral Working: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Deputy Minister for Communities.

3. Petition PE949: The Committee will consider petition PE949 by James Duncan, calling on the Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to review the role of the Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit in relation to the planning process for public works such as sewage plants and to ensure greater community involvement at the appeals stage.

4. Petition PE957: The Committee will consider petition PE957 by Phyllis French calling on the Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to review its strategy Building Our Future: Scotland’s School Estate to ensure that new schools are built in a safe and secure environment and not, for example, on functional flood plains.

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—
the Charities Accounts (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/218).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion.

Justice 1 Committee
24 May 2006
18th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 2

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

2. Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill (in private): 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 30 May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on its Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry.

The Committee expects to continue to take oral evidence on its Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry and the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

Education Committee
24 May 2006
12th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence.

2. Early years inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will complete taking evidence on the general principles of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill at its meeting on 7 June.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
24 May 2006
18th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

the TSE (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/231);
the Plant Protection Products (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/241); and
the Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/244).

2. Crofting Reform etc. Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 May, it is expected that the Committee will receive an update on relevant EU issues from the Convener, consider options for proceeding with its inquiry into the food supply chain, and continue to consider (in private) its draft report on the Crofting Reform etc. Bill at Stage 1.

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee
24 May 2006
11th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill - Consideration Stage phase two: The Committee will consider the Bill at phase two of Consideration Stage.

Proposed future business

The meeting on 24 May, is the last scheduled meeting of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee. After the completion of Consideration Stage, the Bill will go to Final Stage in the Parliament.

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, no further dates set.

Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (Finance Committee) 31 January.  Enterprise and Culture Committee 2 May 2006, Stage 1 to be completed 25 May.

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

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 28 March, Parliament 26 April.  Parliament – 25 May.

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, Finance Committee 16 May, Justice 2 Committee 23 & 30 May.
 
Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Local Government & Transport) to be completed by 28 April.  Parliament 4 May.  Local Gov'nt and Transport Committee 23 & 30 May.  Stage 2 to be completed by 9 June.

Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Introduced 19 December 2005.  Stage 1 report, published 10 May.  Parliament 17 May.
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.                                                              Parliament – 25 May. 

                                                                      
Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill (P)
Consideration Stage (Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee) 27 February, 6, 13 & 27 March, 3 & 24 May.

 

 

 

 

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