Wednesday 1 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 2 March 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee
27 February 2006
5th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Consideration Stage from—

Groups 32 & 63

Helen Foster
Darren Watt
Bruce Rutherford, Scottish Borders Council
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways
Steve Purnell, ERM
John Forshaw, Scott Wilson Railways
Steve Mitchell, ERM
Sam Oxley, ERM
Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co
Andrew Rosher, ALR Ltd

Group 33

Bill Sandland, Scottish Borders Council
Andrew Rosher, ALR Ltd
Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways
John Forshaw, Scott Wilson Railways
Sam Oxley, ERM
Steve Mitchell, ERM
Robert Jack Forrest, Rural Valuer

Group 34

Scott Murray
Sayrah Ohara
Steve Purnell, ERM
Andrew Rosher, ALR Ltd
Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co
Bill Sandland, Scottish Borders Council
Bruce Rutherford, Scottish Borders Council
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways
Steve Mitchell, ERM

Group 35

James Dun
Robert Forrest, Rural Consultant
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways
Andrew Rosher, ALR Ltd
Chris Bone, Turner and Townsend
Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co
Sam Oxley, ERM
Steve Mitchell, ERM

Group 37

Robin Bull
Andrew Rosher, ALR Ltd
Bill Sandland, Scottish Borders Council
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways
Andrew Coates, ERM
Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co
Sam Oxley, ERM
Steve Purnell, ERM
Fiona Stephen, Anderson Strathern
Steve Mitchell, ERM

Group 38

Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways
Bruce Rutherford, Scottish Borders Council
Steve Mitchell, ERM
Fiona Stephen, Anderson Strathern

Group 39

Michael Dun
Peter Caunt
Melanie Lawrie
Felix Otton
Bill Sandland, Scottish Borders Council
Ian Forbes, Scottish Borders Council
Neil McKay, Scottish Borders Council
Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways

Group 41

Graham Allison
Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways
Fiona Stephen, Anderson Strathern

3. Approach to Further Consideration of Preliminary Stage Issues: The Committee will consider its approach to the further consideration of Preliminary Stage issues.

4. Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider evidence taken during the meeting.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 6 March, 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.

Finance Committee
28 February 2006
6th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum from—
Tim Barraclough, Head of Planning Policy Division, Scottish Executive; Neil Ingram, Planning Bill Team, Scottish Executive; and Michael Lowndes, Planning Policy Division, Scottish Executive.

2. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft report on its inquiry into deprivation in private at its next meeting and any subsequent meetings.

3. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill.
Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from the Chief Executive of the Improvement Service for Local Government on the Executive’s Efficient Government Initiative; its approach to the scrutiny of financial memoranda; and a draft report on its inquiry into deprivation.
The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on various Financial Memoranda at subsequent meetings.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
28 February 2006
7th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on the following—
the Risk Assessment and Minimisation (Accreditation Scheme) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);
the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Slaughter and Vaccination) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/45);
the TSE (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/46); and
the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No.1) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/48).

3. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—
the Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);
the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);
the Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);
the Community Justice Authorities (Establishment, Constitution and Proceedings) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);
the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 Modification Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);
the Non-Domestic Rating (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);
the Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);
the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);
the Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to Scottish Ministers) (No.2) Order 2006, (SI 2006/draft);
the Valuation and Rating (Exempted Classes) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft); and
the Water Environment (Consequential and Savings Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).

4. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—
the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/60);
the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/61);
the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Designation of Partner Bodies) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/63);
the Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contribution Limits (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/64);
the Council Tax (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/67);
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).
5. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.17) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006, (SSI 2006/66); and
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.6) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006, (SSI 2006/69).
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 7 March, it is expected that the Committee will continue to consider the Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1. The Committee will also consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure.

Standards and Public Appointments Committee
28 February 2006
2nd Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs: The Committee will consider written responses received to date.

2. Cross-Party Group on Golf: The Committee will consider an application for recognition of a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Golf

Proposed future business
The Committee expects to continue its review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs at subsequent meetings.

European and External Relations Committee
28 February 2006
3rd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 5

1. The EU Work Programme 2006: The Committee will take evidence from—
Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform;
Nikki Brown, Head of Division and Lynne Vallance, Head of EU Strategy and Co-ordination Unit, Europe Division, Finance and Central Services Department, Scottish Executive.

2. An Inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s Preparations for the G8 Summit at Gleneagles and the UK Presidency of the EU and the Contribution Scotland Can Make to These Events: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Executive’s response to the Committee’s report from—
Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform;
Ian Donaldson, Head of Analytical Services Division, Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department and John Ireland, Head of International Strategy & Co-ordination Unit, Finance and Central Services Department, Scottish Executive.

3. 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.

4. Petition PE804: The Committee will consider the Environment and Rural Development Committee’s response in relation to this petition.

5. Pre- and post-EU Council scrutiny: The Council will discuss the agendas and information received from the Scottish Executive on the following meetings of the Council of the EU—
Forthcoming Councils
Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 20-21 February
Justice and Home Affairs Council, 20-21 February
Education, Youth and Culture Council, 23 February
General Affairs and External Relations Council, 27-28 February
Environment Council, 9 March
Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 10 March
Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research) Council, 13 March
ECOFIN Council, 14 March
Previous Councils
Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 22-24 November
Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 20-22 December
Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 23 January
ECOFIN Council, 24 January
General Affairs and External Relations Council, 30-31 January

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—
Response from the Scottish Executive regarding Biomass and energy issues
Response from the Scottish Executive on the ‘Alcatel’ ruling
Reponse from Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Affairs, regarding Pre-and Post-EU Council scrutiny papers.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 14 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from the Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform on the legislative consent memorandum for the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.
The Committee also expects to take evidence from Scottish Executive officials on the Scottish Executive and European Commission’s joint project, ‘Building a Bridge between Scotland and its citizens’.

Enterprise and Culture Committee
28 February 2006
5th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will take evidence from James Thomson, Renewable Energy Policy Officer, Scottish Executive, Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department on the following negative instrument—
the Electricity (Application for Consent) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SS1 2006/18).

2. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will reconsider its proposed timetable and approach to the Bill at Stage 1.

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

4. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—
Gillian Thompson, Chief Executive and Accountant in Bankruptcy, Marion McCormack, Depute Accountant and Head of Case Operations and Policy, and Graeme Perry, Head of Operational Policy Unit, Accountant in Bankruptcy.

5. Petition PE865: The Committee will consider a petition by Mr Edward Fowler calling for the Scottish Parliament to investigate the sequestration recall process and consider amending the law to allow the right to appeal for those made bankrupt by mistake and that all such appeals should be heard by a Sheriff.

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

7. Inquiry into business growth (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 7 March, the Committee will take further evidence at Stage 1 on the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill from witnesses representing Insolvency Practitioners in England, Enterprise agencies and entrepreneurship in Scotland and the Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning.
The Committee will consider a Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Company Law Reform Bill and two affirmative instruments.

Justice 2 Committee
28 February 2006
5th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: David Davidson will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose a new Convener.

3. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

4. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—
The Police Grant (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/39).
5. Justice and Home Affairs in Europe: The Committee will receive a report back from the Deputy Convener on the recent Committee visit to the European Parliament and will discuss its approach to future scrutiny of European issues.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 7 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2; oral evidence from the Minister on sex offenders for the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill; subordinate legislation – an affirmative instrument on Risk Management.
The Committee will continue to take evidence on its Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Local Government and Transport Committee
28 February 2006
6th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: The new Member of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—
the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Codes of Conduct for Members of Certain Scottish Public Authorities) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/26)

3. Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—
Panel 1
George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Parliamentary Business;
Rab Fleming, Head of Division, Local Governance and Licensing Division, Scottish Executive;
Russell Bain, Local Democracy Team, Local Governance and Licensing Division, Scottish Executive; and
Shazia Razzaq, Office of the Solicitor, Scottish Executive

Panel 2
George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Parliamentary Business;
Paul Parr, Deputy Registrar General, General Register Office for Scotland;
Alex White, General Register Office for Scotland; and
Graham Fisher, Office of the Solicitor, Scottish Executive
4. Freight transport inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1
Alan Mitchell, Assistant Director, CBI Scotland;
Julia Williams, Category Manager UK Logistics, Diageo; and
Peter Smith, Head of Corporate Relations, Diageo Scotland

Panel 2
Duncan McLaren, Chief Executive, Friends of the Earth Scotland; and
Colin Howden, Director, Transform Scotland
5. Petition PE758: The Committee will consider petition PE 758 by Jim Black of the Home Safety Committee of the Scottish Accident Prevention Council calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to place a statutory requirement on all local authorities to employ Home Safety Officers and to provide the necessary funding to achieve this.

6. 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.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 7 March, it is expected that the Committee will take further oral evidence on its inquiry into freight transport in Scotland
The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its inquiry at subsequent meetings.

Communities Committee
1 March 2006
7th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—
Michael Levack, Chief Executive, Scottish Building;

Allan Lundmark, Director of Planning and Communications, Homes for Scotland;
Colin Graham, Developments Manager, Miller Developments;
Richard Slipper, Partner in Edinburgh office, GVA Grimley LLP;
Hugh Crawford, Convenor of the Environment, Housing and Town Planning Board, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS);
and then from—
Maf Smith, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables Forum and Harry Malyon, Development Manager (Scotland), npower Renewables;
Debbie Harper, Development & Policy Manager, Scottish Power; and
Alasdair Macleod, Development Manager Scotland, Airtricity.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 8 March, it is expected that the Committee it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Justice 1 Committee
1 March 2006
7th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 4

1. Justice and Home Affairs in Europe: The Committee will consider developments in relation to European Union Justice and Home Affairs issues.

2. Petition PE841: The Committee will consider a petition by the Curran family, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to amend the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976 to make provision for a mandatory inquiry in the case of a road death caused by careless drivers.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 15 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider subordinate legislation and the provision of family support services inquiry.

Education Committee
1 March 2006
5th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. Petition PE853: The Committee will consider PE853 by Ken Venters, on behalf of the Carronhill action team.

3. Annual Reports 2004-05: The Committee will note the annual reports of executive agencies and non departmental public bodies whose function is relevant to its remit—

HM Inspectorate of Education;
Bòrd na Gàidhlig;
Learning and Teaching Scotland;
Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration;
General Teaching Council;
Scottish Qualifications Authority; and
Scotland’s Commissioner for Cildren and Young People.

4. Pre-legislative work: Adoption Bill (in private): The Committee will consider possible preliminary work to inform future consideration of the Adoption Bill.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 8 March it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on its early years inquiry in private.
The Committee will continue consideration of its report on the early years inquiry and Stage 2 of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
1 March 2006
7th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

Panel 1
Willie McGhee, Managing Director, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management;
Flavia Pigot, Woodland Task Force Convener, Scottish Environment LINK;
Bruno Berardelli, Director, Highland Wood Energy;
Chris Stockton, General Director, Buccleugh BioEnergy;

Panel 2
John Picken, Chairman, NFU Scotland;
Jonathan Hall, Head of Rural Policy, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association; and
Becky Shaw, Land Use Programme Manager, Scottish Crofting Foundation.

2. Scottish Water: The Committee will consider issues relating to the governance of Scottish Water.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 8 March it is expected that the Committee will consider further evidence for its inquiry on developments in the biomass industry.
For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

BILL TRACKER

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (lead committee (Environment & Rural Development)) Report published 7 February, debate in the chamber 23 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)

Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (P)
Consideration Stage completed 21 DecemberFinal 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) 22 February
Amendments should be lodged by 12 noon on Friday 10 February with the clerks to the committee
 
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.  Report published 23 February.

Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (lead committee (Education)).  Report published 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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