Main Chamber

Wednesday 31 May 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rt Rev John Cunningham, Bishop of Galloway
Parliamentary Bureau Motions
Stage 3 Proceedings: Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill
Business Motion
Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-4434 Mr Andrew Arbuckle: Fife’s Coastline

Thursday 1 June 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions
The Clerk has been advised of the topics of the following Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business.
followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Debate: Education
11.40 am General Question Time
12 noon First Minister’s Question Time
2.15 pm Themed Question Time—
Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;
Finance and Public Services and Communities
2.55 pm Executive Debate: Architecture
Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-4344 Ted Brocklebank: World Heritage Site Status for St Andrews

Committees

Audit Committee
30 May 2006
9th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 5, 6, and 7 in private.

2. National Fraud Initiative: The Committee will receive a briefing from Audit Scotland on the report entitled "No hiding place: the National Fraud Initiative in Scotland."

3. Section 22 Report on Inverness College: The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into the section 22 report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "The 2004/05 Audit of Inverness College" from—

Philip Rycroft, Secretary, Scottish Executive Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department, George Reid and Colin Baird, Further and Adult Education Division, Scottish Executive Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department.

4. Consultant Contract: The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into the AGS report entitled "Implementing the NHS consultant contract in Scotland"

5. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda items 3 and 4.

6. Teaching Profession: The Committee will consider arrangements for its inquiry into the AGS report entitled "A first stage review of the cost and implementation of the teachers’ agreement A Teaching Profession for the 21st Century"

7. Tackling Waiting Times: The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the AGS report entitled "Tackling waiting times in the NHS in Scotland"

Proposed future business

At a future meeting the Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into Inverness College and a draft report on its inquiry into implementing the NHS consultant contract in Scotland.

Equal Opportunities Committee
30 May 2006
13th 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 6 June, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on its Disability Inquiry – Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
30 May 2006
18th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following bill— Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

2. Executive responses: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following—the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Supplementary Provisions) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).

3. 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);
the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);
the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);
the Human Organ and Tissue Live Transplants (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);
the International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) (No. 1) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);
the International Criminal Court (Immunities and Privileges) (No. 2) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft); and
the Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).

4. Draft Code of Practice subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—Draft Code of Practice for using plant protection products in Scotland, (SE 2006/83).

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

the Seed Potatoes (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/264);
the Planning (National Security Directions and Appointed Representatives) (Scotland) Rules 2006, (SSI 2006/265);
the Town and Country Planning (Listed Buildings and Buildings in Conservation Areas) (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/266);
the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (Transitional Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/269);
the Town and Country Planning (Application of Subordinate Legislation to the Crown) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/270);
the Regulation of Care (Applications and Provision of Advice) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/272);
the Regulation of Care (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/273);
the Regulation of Care (Requirements as to Care Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/274);
the Robert Gordon University (Establishment) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/276);
the Designation of Institutions of Higher Education (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/279); and
the Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) Order 2006, (SI 2006/1251).

6. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following— Draft Code of Practice for using plant protection products in Scotland, (SE 2006/83).

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

the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (Commencement No. 3) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/268); and
the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/275).

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 6 June, the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure.

Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill Committee
30 May 2006
7th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 12.45 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Draft Preliminary Stage report (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Preliminary Stage report.

Proposed future business

If the Committee requires a further meeting to consider its draft report, this will be held on Monday 5 June.

Enterprise and Culture Committee
30 May 2006
15th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Budget process 2007-08: The Committee will consider its approach to stage 2 scrutiny of the Scottish Executive’s 2007-08 budget proposals.

2. Future work programme: The Committee will consider its future work programme.

3. Subordinate legislation: Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, to move S2M-4426—That the Enterprise and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Student Fees (Specification) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

4. Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

5. Scottish Enterprise budget and restructuring plans (in private): The Committee will consider issues arising from evidence taken on the budget and restructuring plans at Scottish Enterprise.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 June, it is expected that the Committee will consider preliminary findings of research commissioned in respect of the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill and progress with plans for the Business in the Parliament Conference 2006.

The Committee expects to commence Stage 2 of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

Health Committee
30 May 2006
14th 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 3 in private.

2. IT in the NHS in Scotland: The Committee will hear evidence.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 June, the Committee will discuss car parking charges in Scottish hospitals and planning for the handling of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill.

Justice 1 Committee
30 May 2006
19th 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 items 3 and 4 in private.

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

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

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

5. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry (in private): 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 31 May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office at subsequent meetings.

Justice 2 Committee
30 May 2006
16th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence.

2. Petition PE862: The Committee will consider a petition by Margaret Ann Cummings calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to conduct a full review of the current system for dealing with and monitoring convicted child sex offenders.

3. 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

On Tuesday 13 June, the Committee will take evidence from the Minister for Justice on European issues, and consider a draft report in relation to the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill.

Local Government and Transport Committee
30 May 2006
15th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Petition PE 758: The Committee will take evidence on the issues of home safety officers.

2. Proposed Abolition of the Tay Bridge and Forth Road Bridge Tolls: The Committee will consider a statement of reasons for not consulting on the draft proposal and will take evidence.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—
the Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/249).

4. Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 June, it is expected that the Committee will continue with Stage 2 of its Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to consider the contents of its report on its freight transport inquiry at subsequent meetings.

Justice 1 Committee
31 May 2006
20th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Subordinate legislation: Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice to move S2M-4448— Tat the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 be approved.

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

the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/233); and
the Criminal Legal Aid (Summary Justice Pilot Courts and Bail Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/234).

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

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).

5. 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 7 June, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on its inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office.

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office at subsequent meetings.

Communities Committee
31 May 2006
18th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Social inclusion: The Committee will take evidence on the Get Heard project.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 June, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on National Scenic Areas.

Public Petitions Committee
31 May 2006
10th 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 6 in private.

2. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—

PE952 To recognise and adopt the European Charter of Rights for People with Autism. Christine MacVicar will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition accompanied by Tom Wightman and John McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Society for Autism.

PE964 To review the operation of speed restrictions on inland water in Scotland. Kevin Lilburn will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Lawrie Lilburn, Secretary, Riparian Owners of Loch Lomond and Johnny North.

PE954 Implementation of the 22 recommendations of Care 21’s Report – "The future of unpaid care in Scotland". Ruth Clark and Dave Clark of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Bill Middleton will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of this petition.

PE966 Lack of investment in swimming pools, the Sportscotland "Ticking Time Bomb report, and increasing the proportion of physically active people in Scotland.

3. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—

PE714 The validity of Field Impairment Tests (FITs). The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and ACPOS.

PE858 Threat to ancient woodland. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE877 The provision of affordable housing. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE767 The effectiveness of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE917 Final report of the Independent Review of NHS 24. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE902 The importance of information literacy as a key lifelong learning skill. The Committee will consider responses from the EIS, HM Inspectorate of Education; Learning and Teaching Scotland; the Scottish Executive; the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Universities Scotland.

PE903 A Scottish planning policy document on ecovillages. The Committee will consider responses from Findhorn Eco-village; Royal Town Planning Institute; Scottish Ecological Design Association and the Scottish Executive.

PE904 An early breast cancer screening programme in Scotland. The Committee will consider responses from Cancer Research UK; Cross Party Group on Cancer; the Minister for Health & Community Care; the Institute for Cancer Research; National Advisory Group on Breast and Cervical Screening; National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence; and the UK National Screening Committee.

4. Public Petitions Committee Equalities Report: The Committee will consider a draft report.

5. Visit to the German Bundestag Petitions Committee: The Committee will consider a paper by the clerk.

6. Witness expenses: The Committee will consider a claim under the witness expenses scheme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 June, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on excessive car parking charges at NHS hospitals such as the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary; micropower renewable energy technology; the closure of 7:84 Theatre Company; number of police officers on the beat, and implementation of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001. It is also expected that the Committee will further consider current petitions on small scale energy generation; mental health services for the deaf and deaf/blind; the study of Scottish history; traffic regulation orders; Scottish Executive policy on public libraries; provision of wheelchairs and specialist seating services and the European Drinking Water Directive.

Bill Tracker

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Report published 7 February, debate in the chamber 23 February.  Environment and Rural Development Committee.  Parliament 31 May.

Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (Finance Committee) 31 January.  Enterprise and Culture Committee 2 May 2006.  Parliament 24 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 8 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 June.

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 Govormentnt 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.  Committee continues 14 June.

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.                                                              Stage 3 – passed 25 May.  

                                                            
Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill (P)
Consideration Stage (Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee) 27 February, 6, 13 & 27 March, 3 & 24 May.  No further dates.

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