PLENARY BUSINESS

Wednesday 27 April 2005

Time for Reflection: Miss Eilidh Letham, sixth year
pupil, Airdrie Academy

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Executive Debate: Financial
Services Strategy

Business Motion

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision
Time

Members’ Business:
Debate on the subject of S2M-2207 Des McNulty: Make Poverty History Campaign
in 2005

 

Thursday 28 April 2005

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Stage 1 Debate: Smoking,
Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill

Financial Resolution: Smoking,
Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill

General Question Time

First Minister’s
Question Time

Themed Question Time

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and
Community Care

Executive Debate: Criminal Justice Plan and Surrounding
Issues

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business: Debate
on the subject of S2M-2573 Paul Martin: Reviewing Arrangements for Managing
Sex Offenders

 

COMMITTEES

The Audit Committee will meet on 26 April 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room
5 to discuss: 1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take
agenda items 4, 5, 6 and 7 in private. 2. Committee Visits: Committee will
consider possible visits to other legislatures. 3. Accountable Officer
Written Authority:
The Committee will consider the Ministerial written authority issued
to the Accountable Officer for the Scottish Executive Enterprise, Transport
and Lifelong Learning Department in respect of arrangements to award the contract
for the Campbeltown to Ballycastle Ferry Service. 4. AGS Report on
Bowel Cancer Services:
The Committee will receive a briefing on the report by the Auditor
General for Scotland entitled "A Review of Bowel Cancer Services: An early
diagnosis" (AGS/2005/2). 5. National Galleries: The Committee will consider
a draft report on its inquiry into the section 22 report by the Auditor General
for Scotland entitled "The 2003/04 Audit of the National Galleries of
Scotland". 6. NHS Financial Performance Overview: The Committee will consider
a draft report on its inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for Scotland
entitled "Overview of the Financial Performance of the NHS in Scotland" (AGS/2004/12).
7. Annual Report: The Committee will consider its annual report for 2004/05.

Proposed
future business


At its next meeting on 17 May, it is expected that the Committee
will take evidence from Dr Kevin Woods on its inquiry into the AGS Report on
Bowel Cancer Services.

 

The Finance Committee will meet on 26 April 2005 at
10.30am in Committee Room 2 to discuss: 1. Item in private: The Committee
will decide whether to take item 6 in private and whether to consider its
draft reports on the Financial Memoranda of the Housing (Scotland) Bill and
the
Environmental
Assessment (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting. 2. Housing
(Scotland) Bill:
The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum from:
Archie Stoddard, Head of Housing Bill Team, Scottish Executive; Roger Harris,
Private
Sector and Affordable Housing Policy Division, Scottish Executive; Jonathan
Dennis, Economic Adviser, Analytical Services Division, Scottish Executive;
and Jean Waddie, Private Sector and Affordable Housing Policy Division,
Scottish Executive. 3. Annual report: The Committee will consider its draft
annual
report. 4. Efficient Government: The Committee will consider a paper on site
visits
as part of its scrutiny of Efficient Government. 5. Infrastructure
Investment Plan:
The Committee will take evidence on the Infrastructure Investment
Plan from: Nicol Stephen, MSP, Minister for Transport; John Ewing, Head of
Transport
Group, Scottish Executive; John Howison, Head of Trunk Roads, Design and
Construction Division, Scottish Executive; Damian Sharp, Head of Public Transport
Major
Infrastructure Team, Scottish Executive; and Claire Dunbar-Jubb, Head of
Finance and Business Planning Team, Scottish Executive. 6. Witness
Expenses:
The Committee
will be invited to agree to the payment of witness expenses and to delegate
to the Convener responsibility for considering claims under Rule 12.4.3.
7. Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee
will
consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Management
of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting
on 10 May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from
the Minister for Finance and Public Sector Reform on the Efficient Government
Technical
Notes; oral evidence from Executive officials on the Family Law (Scotland)
Bill; and will consider draft reports on the Financial Memoranda of the
Housing
(Scotland) Bill and the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill. The Committee
will continue to scrutinise the Efficient Government initiative and consider
the Financial Memoranda of other Bills at subsequent meetings.

 

The Procedures
Committee
will meet on 26 April 2005 at 10.30am in Committee Room 6 to
discuss: 1. Sewel Convention: The Committee will take evidence from: Dr Paul
Cairney,
Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen;
and Professor Alan Page, Department of Law, University of Dundee, and
then from: Tricia Marwick MSP, Business Manager for the Scottish National Party;
and Scott Barrie MSP, Chief Whip for the Labour Group, and will then
decide
whether to invite further oral evidence in the inquiry. 2. Admissibility
of public petitions:
The Committee will give initial consideration to the
Public Petitions Committee’s request for changes to standing orders to prohibit
petitions lodged by MSPs and the re-submission of petitions closed less than
a year previously. 3. Private legislation (in private): The Committee will
consider a revised draft report and draft standing order changes.

Proposed future
business


At its next meeting on 10 May, the Committee will take evidence on
the Sewel Convention inquiry from the Minister for Parliamentary Business.
The Committee will also consider a draft Annual Report and give initial consideration
to a request from the Public Petitions Committee for changes to standing orders.

 

The
Subordinate Legislation Committee will meet on 26
April 2005
at 10.30am
in Committee Room 3 to discuss: 1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee
will
consider the delegated powers provisions in the Environmental Assessment
(Scotland) Bill at stage 1. 2. Executive responses: The Committee will consider
responses
from the Executive to points raised on the following: the Fire (Scotland)
Act 2005 (Relevant Premises) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/draft); the Miscellaneous
Food Additives Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/214);
the Smoke
Flavourings (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/215); and the Plant
Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/216).
3. Draft
instruments subject to approval:
The Committee will consider the following:
the Mental Health (Medical treatment subject to safeguards) (Section
234) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/draft); and the Mental Health (Medical
treatment
subject to safeguards) (Section 237) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI
2005/draft). 4. Instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider
the following:
the Farm Business Development (Scotland) Variation Scheme 2005, (SSI
2005/219). 5. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider
the following:
the Education (Student Fees and Support) Temporary Protection (Scotland)
Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/217); the Production of Bovine Collagen
Intended
for Human Consumption in the United Kingdom (Scotland) Regulations 2005,
(SSI 2005/218); and the Food Labelling Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005,
(SSI
2005/222). 6. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The
Committee will consider the following: the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions)
(Amnesic
Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 9) (Scotland) Order 2004 Partial
Revocation (No. 2) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/220); and the Food Protection (Emergency
Prohibitions)
(Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 7) (Scotland) Order 2004
Revocation Order 2005, (SSI 2005/221).

 

The Enterprise and Culture Committee will meet
on 26 April 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 2 to discuss: 1.
Internal reviews in the BBC:
The Committee will take evidence from: Ken MacQuarrie,
Controller,
Blair Jenkins, Head of News and Current Affairs, and Steve Ansell,
Lead HR Partner, BBC Scotland; Stephen Low, National Union of Journalists
(NUJ), William
J Parker, Regional Officer, Amicus, and Luke Crawley, Broadcasting
Entertainment
Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU); Robert Beveridge, Board
Member and Jeremy Mitchell, Member, Voice of the Listener and Viewer. 2.
Ofcom review
into public service television broadcasting obligations and impact
in the nation/regions:
The Committee will consider written evidence from Ofcom and Scottish
Media Group plc. 3. Impact of broadcasting reviews: The Committee will
consider what
key points have been learned from evidence on the BBC and Ofcom reviews
and whether to take any further action in respect of this matter. 4.
Inquiry into
EU State Aids:
Committee members will give an oral report of the
recent visit to Brussels as part of the inquiry.

Proposed future business

At
its next
meeting
on 10 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Education
(Student Fees and Support) Temporary Protection (Scotland) Amendment Regulations,
(SSI2005/217)
and will take evidence on its inquiry into business growth. The Committee
will continue to take evidence on its business growth inquiry at subsequent meetings.

 

The European and External Relations Committee will meet on 26
April 2005
at
2.00pm in Committee Room 4 to discuss: 1. Item in private: The Committee
will consider whether to take item 2 in private. 2. Inquiry into Scotland’s
Preparations for and Contribution to the G8 Summit and the UK Presidency of
the EU 2005:
The Committee will consider a second draft of its inquiry report.
3. Ministerial priorities for the Luxembourg Presidency of
the EU:
The Committee
will consider a paper from the Scottish Executive. 4. 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. 5.
Inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s Fresh Talent initiative:
The Committee
will take evidence from: Duncan Macniven, Registrar General for Scotland, General
Register Office for Scotland; Cecilia MacIntyre, Head of Demography Branch,
General Register Office for Scotland.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting
on 10 May, it is expected that the Committee will hear oral evidence
on its Fresh Talent Initiative inquiry and will continue to take evidence
on this
inquiry at subsequent meetings.

 

The Health Committee will meet on
26 April 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 6 to discuss: 1.
Item in private:
The Committee
will consider whether to take agenda item 5 in private. 2.
Subordinate legislation:
The Committee will consider the following negative instruments:
the National
Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland)
Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/179); the Miscellaneous Food
Additives Amendment
(Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/214); and the Smoke Flavourings
(Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/215). 3. Subordinate legislation: Rhona Brankin,
Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, to move motion S2M-2685:
that the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency
Prohibitions)
(Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order
2005 (SSI 2005/208) be approved. 4. Petitions: The Committee will take
evidence from
Rhona Brankin, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care on the
following petitions: PE247 on Epilepsy Service Provision; PE398 on Myalgic
Encephalomyelitis
(ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS); PE452, PE538 and PE577 on
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD); PE474 on Heavy Metal Poisoning; and
PE475 on Aphasia. 5. Work programme review: The Committee will consider its work programme.

Proposed
future business


At its next meeting on 10 May, the Committee will
take evidence from the Haemophilia Society followed by the Minister for
Health and Community
Care on infection with hepatitis C as a result of NHS treatment.
The Committee also expects to consider the Smoking, Health and Social
Care (Scotland) Bill
at Stage 2 at a number of meetings during May and June.

 

The Justice
2 Committee
will meet on 26 April 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 5
to discuss: 1. Youth
Justice Inquiry (in private):
The Committee will consider a draft
report. 2. Licensing (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will
consider a draft
report. 3. Justice 2 Committee Annual Report (in private): The Committee
will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting
on 3 May,
it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the Management
of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill. The Committee expects to continue
to take further evidence
on the Bill at subsequent meetings.

 

The Local Government and Transport
Committee
will meet on 26 April 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 1 to
discuss: 1. Transport
(Scotland) Bill:
The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2
(Day 2). 2. Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence
at Stage 1 from:
Panel 1: Malcolm Dickson, Deputy Chief Constable, Lothian and Borders
Police, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland; Panel 2: Jack
Law, Chief
Executive, Alcohol Focus Scotland; Mary Ellmers, National ServeWise
Manager, Alcohol Focus Scotland; Jane Hasler, Greater Glasgow Alcohol
Action Team Co-ordinator;
Alastair McKie, Force Drugs Co-ordinator, Strathclyde Police; Willie
Caie, Project Manager, Safer City Centre Initiative; Iain Campbell, Chairman,
Moray
Council on Addiction; and Neil Ross, Former Chairman, Moray Council
on Addiction.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 May, it
is expected that the Committee
will take further oral evidence at Stage 1 of the Licensing (Scotland)
Bill. The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on the Licensing
(Scotland)
Bill at subsequent meetings. In addition, the Committee also expects
to continue Stage 2 consideration of the Transport (Scotland) Bill at
future meetings.

 

The Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill Committee will meet on 26
April 2005
at 3.15pm in Committee Room 3 to discuss: 1.
Declaration of interests:
Members will be invited to declare any relevant interests. 2.
Choice of Convener:
The
Committee will choose a Convener. 3. Choice of Deputy Convener: The
Committee will choose a Deputy Convener. 4. Item in private: The Committee
will consider
whether to take item 5 in private. 5. Baird Trust Reorganisation
Bill:
The Committee will consider its approach to Preliminary Stage of
the Bill.

Proposed
future business

At future meetings, the Committee will continue
its consideration of the Bill at Preliminary Stage.

 

The Waverley
Railway
(Scotland) Bill Committee
will meet on 27 April 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 3 to discuss:
1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether
to take item 3 in private.
2. Bill notification arrangements: The Committee will consider
the promoter’s
Bill notification arrangements. 3. Approach to Preliminary
Stage:
The Committee will consider a paper on its approach to Preliminary
Stage
of the Bill.

Proposed
future business


At future meetings, the Committee will continue
its consideration of the Bill at Preliminary Stage.

 

 

BILL TRACKER

Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill (M): Stage 1 (lead committee
(Health)) 1 February 2005

Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill (P): Preliminary Stage
(Baird Trust Reorganisation Bill Committee) 26 April 2005

Charities and Trustee
Investment (Scotland) Bill (Ex):
Stage 2 (Day 2) Communities Committee
27 April 2005

Council Tax Abolition and
Service
Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill (M):
Stage 1 (lead committee
(Local Government and Transport)) 25 January 2005

Edinburgh Tram (Line
One) Bill (P):
Consideration
Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee) 15 March 2005

Edinburgh
Tram (Line Two) Bill (P):
Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line
Two) Bill Committee) 16 March 2005

Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill
(Ex):
Stage
1 (evidence,
lead committee (Environment and Rural Development)) 27 April
2005

Family Law
(Scotland) Bill (Ex):
Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Justice
1)) 11 May 2005

Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill (Ex): Passed
20 April
2005

Gaelic
Language (Scotland) Bill (Ex):
Passed 21 April 2005

Housing
(Scotland) Bill
(Ex):
Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Communities))
11 May 2005

Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Ex): Stage 1 (Justice 1 Committee)
26 April
2005,
Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Local Government and Transport))
26 April 2005

Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex): Stage
1 (evidence, lead
committee
(Justice
2)) 26 April 2005, Stage 1 (evidence, Finance Committee)
26
April
2005

Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill
(Ex):
Stage 2
(Day 1)
Equal Opportunities Committee 3 May 2005

[em]Amendments should
be lodged by 12 noon on 27 April with
the Clerks to the Equal Opportunities Committe[/em]e

Prohibition of Smoking in Regulated Areas (Scotland) Bill (M): Stage 1 Report
(Health Committee) published 11 January
2005

Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland)
Bill (M):
Stage 1
(lead committee
(Local Government and Transport)) 12 April
2005

Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences(Scotland)
Bill (Ex):
Stage 2 (Day
2)
Justice 1 Committee
27 April 2005

Smoking, Health and Social
Care
(Scotland) Bill (Ex):
Stage 1 (debate,
meeting of the Parliament) 28 April 2005

Transport (Scotland) Bill (Ex): Stage
2 (Day 2)
Local Government and
Transport Committee 26 April 2005

Waverley
Railway
(Scotland) Bill (P):
Preliminary Stage
(Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee)
27 April 2005

 

OTHER EVENTS

Cross-Party Group on Gaelic: Wednesday 27 April at 6.00pm

Cross-Party Group
on Sports: Thursday 28 April at 12.45pm

Cross-Party Group on Epilepsy: Thursday
28 April, time to be confirmed

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