Wednesday 28 June 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Rev Graham Carter, President of the Methodist Conference
Parliamentary Bureau Motions
Ministerial Statement: End-Year Flexibility
Executive Debate: Race Equality
Business Motion
Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-4337 Alex Ferguson: Birth of James Clerk Maxwell

Thursday 29 June 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions
Executive Debate: International Development / Malawi
11.40 am General Question Time
12 noon First Minister’s Question Time
2.15 pm Themed Question Time—Health and Community Care; Environment and Rural Development
2.55 pm Stage 1 Debate: Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill
Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time                                                                                                              Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-4576 Des McNulty: Justice for Mesothelioma Sufferers

Committee

Audit Committee
27 June 2006
11th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 5

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 7 and 8 in private.

2. Review of Community Planning Partnerships: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled: "Community Planning: an initial review".

3. Public Sector Pensions: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Public sector pension schemes in Scotland".

4. Audit Scotland Annual Report 2005/06: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the Audit Scotland Annual Report 2005/06.

5. Audit Scotland Forward Work Programme: The Committee will consider Audit Scotland’s forward work programme.

6. Scottish Executive Progress Report on Committee Recommendations: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk on the Scottish Executive’s progress report on Committee report recommendations.

7. Consideration of Approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the AGS reports entitled "Community Planning: an initial review"  and "Public sector pension schemes in Scotland".

8. Section 22 Report on Inverness College: The Committee will consider a draft report on 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 a future meeting after summer recess, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on its inquires into the AGS reports on the NHS consultant contract and the teaching profession.

Finance Committee
27 June 2006
19th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

2. Budget Process 2007-08: The Committee will consider an approach paper from the Clerk.                    

3. Financial Memoranda: The Committee will consider its approach to the financial memoranda for forthcoming bills.                                                                                                                             

4. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft report on its Accountability and Governance inquiry in private at subsequent meetings. The Committee will also decide whether to consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting.                                                                                                                             

5. Accountability and Governance inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider the themes arising from evidence sessions on its inquiry in order to inform the drafting of its report.

Proposed future business
The Committee’s next meeting will be on 5 September, following the summer recess. It is expected that the Committee will consider its draft report on its Accountability and Governance inquiry and its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill at this meeting.
The Committee will take evidence on various financial memoranda at subsequent meetings after the summer recess.

Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee
27 June 2006
6th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 1

1. Oral Evidence on the adequacy of the accompanying documents: The Committee will take evidence

2. Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the oral evidence taken at agenda item 1.

3. Oral evidence on the adequacy of the accompanying documents: The Committee will take evidence

4. Appointment of an assessor: The Committee will consider whether to direct the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, subject to the Bill proceeding to Consideration Stage, to appoint an assessor to consider and report to the Committee at Consideration Stage.

5. Preliminary consideration of objections (in private): The Committee will consider a paper on preliminary consideration of objections.

6. Draft Preliminary Stage report (in private): The Committee will consider a paper on Preliminary Stage issues and discuss key issues for the draft Preliminary Stage report.

Proposed future business

The Committee will continue to consider the Bill at Preliminary Stage.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
27 June 2006
22nd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from Bill Butler MSP to points raised on the following bill—Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

3. Executive responses: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following—
the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/325);
the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/342);
the Adults with Incapacity (Removal of Regenerative Tissue for Transplantation) (Form of Certificate) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/343); and
the Avian Influenza and Influenza of Avian Origin in Mammals (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/336).

4. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—
the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications and Savings) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft); and
the Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).

5. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—
the East Lothian (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/359).

6. Procedures Committee Inquiry into Consolidation Bill procedure: The Committee will consider a letter from the Convener of the Procedures Committee.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 5 September, the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure.

Justice 2 Committee
27 June 2006
19th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Petition PE862: The Committee will consider the proposed arrangements for the establishment, duration, remit and membership of a sub-committee to examine the issues arising from this petition and whether to conclude formal consideration of the petition as a result of the establishment of this Committee.

2. Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

The Committee expects to take evidence on its Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings after the summer recess.

Local Government and Transport Committee
27 June 2006
19th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

2. Proposed Local Government Elections (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a statement of reasons for not consulting on the draft proposal and will take evidence from—David Davidson MSP.

3. Proposed Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to this proposed bill.

4. Freight transport inquiry: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 September, it is expected that the Committee will begin consideration of any transport legislation which has been referred to it by the Parliamentary Bureau.
The Committee expects to take evidence on issues arising from petitions on home safety officers and common good funds at subsequent meetings.

Justice 1 Committee
28 June 2006
27th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.15 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

3. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the remainder of the inquiry.

Proposed future business
The Committee will not now meet until September 2006.

Education Committee
28 June 2006
17th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—
the Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/308);
the Education (Assisted Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/317);
the St Mary’s Music School (Aided Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/318);
the Education (Appeal Committee Procedures) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/322); and
the Registration of Independent Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/324).

2. Pupil motivation inquiry: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

3. Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting, after the summer recess, it is expected that the Committee will consider four petitions that have been referred to it.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
28 June 2006
23rd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6
1. Petition 807: The Committee will consider Petition PE807 by James Mackie calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to conduct an inquiry into the influence of supermarkets in the food chain, and to examine in particular safety issues arising from the use of chemicals to extend the shelf life of products and from central purchase and distribution and the impact of supermarket trading on local economies and small producers.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—
the Common Agricultural Policy (Wine) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/311);
the Seed (Registration, Licensing and Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/313);
the Plant Health (Potatoes) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/319);
the Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/335);
the Avian Influenza (Slaughter and Vaccination) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/337); and
the Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/341).

3. Proposed Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach at Stage 1, should the proposed bill be referred to it as lead committee. The Committee will also decide whether to consider a detailed evidence programme in private at its next meeting.

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

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 6 September, it is expected that the Committee will consider more detailed arrangements for Stage 1 of the proposed Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill, and also consider its approach to concluding Stage 1 consideration of the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill.

Public Petitions Committee
28 June 2006
13th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—
PE959 To ensure the continuation of Borderline Theatre Company’s innovative touring and lifelong learning programme.
PE970 To prevent the closure of 7:84 Theatre Company.
The Committee will take evidence from Jim Tough, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Arts Council.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 6 September, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on proposals for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, the use of jet skis in the vicinity of public beaches, review of the Building Procedures (Scotland) Regulations 2004, neuropsychological provision within NHS Scotland, treatment of violent and abusive patients, amendment of the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Acts 1973 and 1984. The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on the Dalkeith Bypass, the upgrade of the A77, a national policy on the teaching of singing, market led urban regeneration projects, potential health hazards from high voltage transmission lines, provision of NHS dentistry and amendment of Scots criminal law in relation to sex offences.

Health Committee
28 June 2006
17th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the following instrument:
the General Dental Council (Professions Complementary to Dentistry) Regulations Order of Council 2006, (SI 2006/1440)

2. Subordinate Legislation: Mrs Nanette Milne is to move S2M-04568—
Mrs Nanette Milne: That the Health Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the General Dental Council (Professions Complementary to Dentistry) Regulations Order of Council 2006, (SI 2006/1440).

3. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—
the Contaminants in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/306);
the National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme and Additional Voluntary Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/307);
the Human Tissue (Specification of Posts) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/309);
the Approval of Research on Organs No Longer Required for Procurator Fiscal Purposes (Specified Persons) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/310);
the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/314);
the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/320);
the National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/321);
the Human Tissue (Removal of Body Parts by an Authorised Person) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/327);
the Anatomy (Specified Persons and Museums for Public Display) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/328);
the National Health Service (General Opthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/329);
the National Health Service (Discipline Committees) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/330);
the Anatomy (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/334);
the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 (Anatomy Act 1984 Transitional Provisions) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/340);
the Adults with Incapacity (Removal of Regenerative Tissue for Transplantation) (Form of Certificate) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/343); and
the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 (Maintenance of Records and Supply of Information Regarding the Removal and Use of Body Parts) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/344).
4. Call for a Public Inquiry into the Infection of people with Hepatitis C through NHS Treatment: The Committee will consider a letter received from Andy Kerr MSP, Minister for Health and Community Care.

Proposed future business
The Committee will next meet on 5 September after the summer recess. It is expected the Committee will begin taking oral evidence on the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill.

Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee
28 June 2006
1st Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 2

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. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.

5. Preliminary Stage: The Committee will consider a paper on its approach to Preliminary Stage.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting it is expected that the Committee will continue its consideration of the Bill.
The Committee expects to take evidence on the Bill at subsequent meetings.

Bill Tracker

Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (Finance Committee) 31 January.  Enterprise and Culture Committee 2 May 2006.  Parliament 24 May.  Stage 2, Enterprise and Culture Committee 13 & 20 June, 5 & 12 September.

Crofting Reform Bill
Introduced 2 March.  Stage 1 draft report published 31 May, Environment and Rural Development Committee 7, 14 & 28 June.

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, 13 & 27  June.

Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Passed 22 June

Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Introduced 19 December 2005.  Stage 1 report, published 10 May.  Parliament 17 May.  Committee continues 14 & 21June.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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