PLENARY BUSINESS

Wednesday 5 October 2005

Time for Reflection - Rev Dr Norman Maciver, Minister of Newhills Parish Church,
Bucksburn, Aberdeen

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Member’s Oath/Affirmation

Executive Debate: Planning Reform

Business Motion

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-3073 Brian Adam: Met
Office Aberdeen

Thursday 6 October 2005

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Scottish National Party Business: The Scottish Economy

Scottish National Party Business: The Scottish Olympic Team

General Question Time

First Minister’s Question Time

Themed Question Time -

Finance and Public Services and Communities;
Education and Young people,
Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ministerial Statement: Business Rates

Stage 1 Debate: St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-3339 Euan Robson: South
of Scotland Structural Funds

COMMITTEES

The Equal Opportunities Committee will meet on 3
October 2005
at 10.00am in
Committee Room 2 to discuss: 1. Item in private: The Committee will consider
whether to take item 4 in private. 2. Reporters: The Committee will choose
a new reporter for religion/belief. 3. Census 2011: The Committee will take
oral evidence on the Census 2011 from-Mr Duncan Macniven, Registrar General
and Mr Ian Máté, 2011 Census Development Manager, General Register
Office for Scotland (GROS). 4. Gypsy/Travellers - Review of progress: The Committee
will consider a draft report.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 1 November 2005 it is expected that the Committee will
take evidence on the Budget Process 2006-07 and discuss the CRE report into
Police and race relations in Scotland. At subsequent meetings the Committee
expects to take evidence on its Disability Inquiry into Removing Barriers and
Creating Opportunities.

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee will meet on 3
October 2005
at
10.00am in Committee Room 1 to discuss: 1. Alternative Alignment
Amendment
:
The Committee will consider the witness lists and summaries received for
Group 51 and consider from which of the witnesses proposed it wishes to invite
witness statements. 2. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill: The Committee will
take evidence on the Bill at Consideration Stage Phase 1 from: Group 43 (Choice
of Route), Objector’s witness: Michael Leven, Ecologist & Environmental
Planner, Odell Milne, Wester Coates Terrace Action Group. Group 43 (Choice
of Route - Costs), Objector’s witness: William F Raynal, householder.
Group 33 (Alternative Route), Group 34 (Alternative Alignment) and Group
45 (Alternative Route), Objector’s witness: Tina Woolnough, Blackhall
Community Association. Groups 34 and 45 (Planning and Route Selection), Objector’s
witnesses: Peter Allan, householder. Groups 35 (Alternative Route), Objector’s
witnesses: Richard Vanhagen, householder. Groups 33, 34, 35, 36 43 and 45
(Noise and Vibration - Construction and Operation), Promoter’s witness:
Steve Mitchell, Principal Consultant, Environmental Resources Management
(ERM). Groups 33, 34, 35, 36, 43 and 45, Promoter’s witness: Scott
McIntosh, Senior Consultant in Light Rail, Mott MacDonald. Groups 34 and
35 (Ground Conditions), Promoter’s witness: Tim Blower, Associate,
Mott MacDonald. 3. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill (in private): The Committee
will consider evidence taken during the day.
Proposed future business
At future meetings, the Committee will continue its scrutiny of the detail
of the Bill at Consideration Stage.

The Health Committee will meet on 3 October 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room
2 to discuss: 1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to
take agenda item 5 in private. 2. Subordinate legislation: Lewis Macdonald
MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, will move motion S2M-3330
That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency
Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 11) (Scotland)
Order 2005 be approved. 3. Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will
take evidence from: Panel 1: British Heart Foundation; Veronica English,
BMA; Dr Keiran Breen, Parkinson’s Disease Society; and Dr Donald Lyons,
Mental Welfare Commission. Panel 2: Geraldine MacDonald, Helen Farquar and
Donna Leese, Scottish Organisation Relating to the Retention of Organs (SORRO).
4. Budget process 2006-07: The Committee will take evidence from the Minister
for Health and Community Care. 5. Budget process 2006-07: The Committee will
consider the main themes of its evidence session in order to inform the drafting
of its report on the 2006-07 Draft Budget. 6. Human Tissue (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 25 October the Committee will conclude taking evidence
on the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill by taking oral evidence from the Deputy
Minister for Health and Community Care and a panel of representatives from
museums. It will also consider a draft report on the Scottish Executive 2006-07
Draft Budget. The Committee will consider the Abolition of Prescription Charges
(Scotland) Bill, and will continue its inquiry into care legislation, at subsequent
meetings.

The Local Government and Transport Committee will meet on 3
October 2005
at
2.00pm in Committee Room 6 to discuss: 1. Subordinate legislation: George
Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Parliamentary Business, to move
motion S2M-3205 That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends
that the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment
of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2005, be approved; and motion
S2M-3206 That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that
the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment
of Specified Authorities) Order 2005, be approved. 2. Licensing (Scotland)
Bill
: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3). 3.
Subordinate Legislation Committee inquiry
: The Committee will consider its response to
the Subordinate Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the regulatory
framework in Scotland. 4. Freight transport inquiry: The Committee will consider
an approach paper from the Convener.
Proposed future business
The Committee expects to continue taking evidence on the Council Tax Abolition
and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill and on the Budget process 2006-07
at subsequent meetings.

The Communities Committee will meet on 5 October 2005 at 9.30am in Committee
Room 4 to discuss: 1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider
the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (Transfer of Scottish Homes Property and
Liabilities) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/439). 2. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee
will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3). 3. Housing (Scotland)
Act 2001
:
The Committee will consider its approach to post-legislative scrutiny of
the Act.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 26 October 2005 it is expected that the Committee will
consider the Housing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2. The Committee will continue
to consider the Housing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 at subsequent meetings.

The Public Petitions Committee will meet on 5 October
2005
at 10.00am in Committee
Room 1 to discuss: 1. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following
new petitions: PE886 Petition by James McKillop, on behalf of Scottish Dementia
Working Group, to ensure the continued availability on prescription of medications
for use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of
dementia. David Turner will make a brief statement in support of this petition
accompanied by Andrew Banks and Philip Bryers. PE888 Petition by Chris Daly
calling for reform of Court of Session rules and other measures in the interests
of those who have suffered institutional child abuse. Chris Daly will make
a brief statement in support of his petition accompanied by Alan Draper.
PE875 Petition by Mary E Mackenzie calling for all moveable and all heritable
common good assets throughout Scotland to be properly recorded, audited and
insured and to introduce legislation to ensure such assets are properly safeguarded.
PE885 Petition by Mark McCabe calling for amendment of Scots criminal law
relating to sex offences and to ensure that all sex offences apply equally
to everyone whether man or woman, gay or straight. PE887 Petition by Reverend
Neil MacKinnon, calling for review of the long term planning, social, economic
and transportation issues surrounding the creation of “new towns”,
such as Cumbernauld. 2. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider
the following current petitions: PE861 and PE824 To review the Scottish Executive’s
policy and commitment to the integration and development of the heritage
of Robert Burns. The Committee will hear from the Minister for Culture, Tourism
and Sport. PE758 Home Safety Officers. The Committee will consider responses
from 15 local authorities. PE715 & PE777 Scottish Opera. The Committee
will consider a response from the Minister for Culture. PE817 Reform of the
law of Trust. The Committee will consider responses from Sportscotland, the
Scottish Law Commission and the Scottish Executive. PE768 The implications
of the proposed Agenda for Change legislation for Speech and Language Therapy
services. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner. PE759
Displaying judge’s names and recording court proceedings. The Committee
will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and the Lord President
of the Court of Session. PE786 To include within the Scottish Building Regulations
a mandatory requirement for thermostatic mixing valves to be installed in
the hot water systems of all new-build and renovated properties. The Committee
will consider a response from the Scottish Building Standards Agency. PE616
Petition calling for the Scottish Parliament to investigate and assess the
health and safety hazards caused by seagulls in urban areas. The Committee
will consider the progress of this petition.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 26 October it is expected that the Committee will consider
new petitions on the Mental Health Act 2003; the Police Complaints procedure;
VAT on aviation fuel; and the provision of a direct flight service between
Aberdeen and Stornoway. The Committee is also expected to further consider
current petitions on overdue taxes; community hospitals; methadone prescription;
the influence of supermarkets in the food chain; provision of school lockers;
and accessible local transport.

The Environment and Rural Development Committee will meet on 5
October 2005
at 10.15am in Committee Room 2 to discuss: 1.
Item in private
: The Committee
will consider whether to take item 3 in private. 2. Environmental
Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill
: The Committee will take evidence at Stage1
from- Panel 1: Alan Forrest, Regional Manager, B&Q plc; Sarah Tew, Trading
Law Manager, LIDL UK; Becky Toal, Environment Programme Manager, the Co-operative
Group Ltd; Nigel Smith, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, British
Retail Consortium; Panel 2: Niall Stuart, Press and Parliamentary Officer,
Federation of Small Businesses; Lekha Klouda, Executive Secretary, Association
of Charity Shops; Donna Heaney, Policy Manager, Scottish Consumer Council;
Panel 3: Kathleen Fraser, Health Protection Policy Team Manager, Aberdeen
City Council; Dr Colin Clark, Head of Waste Management, Highland Council;
and Gilbert Wilson, Head of Consumer Services, Renfrewshire Council. 3.
Proposed Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill
: The Committee will consider its
approach at Stage1, should the proposed bill be referred to it as lead committee.
4. Inquiry into rural development (in private): The Committee will consider
a further draft report.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 26 October (and at subsequent meetings, scheduled for
2 and 9 November) the Committee will continue to take evidence as part of its
Stage1 consideration of the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill.

The Education Committee will meet on 5 October 2005 at 10.30am in Committee
Room 6 to discuss: 1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether
to take item 3 in private. 2. Early years inquiry: The Committee will take
evidence from: Panel 1: Carol Ball, Depute Service and Conditions Officer,
UNISON. Panel 2: Margaret Lauder, Principal Officer, Early Years, Argyll and
Bute Council; Carolyn Martin, Early Years and Childcare Services Manager, The
City of Edinburgh Council; Sandra Gray, Chair of Shetland Childcare Partnership
and Bruce Family Centre Services, Shetland Islands Council; and Linda Kinney,
Head of Service, Children’s Services, Stirling Council. 3. Scottish
Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill
: The Committee will consider its approach to stage
1.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 26 October it is expected that the Committee will consider
the Scottish Executive’s 2006-2007 budget, be updated on the Scottish
Executive’s child protection reform programme and take evidence from
the Minister for Education and Young People on school transport and school
closures. The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its early years
inquiry and the Parental Involvement Bill at subsequent meetings.

The Justice 1 Committee will meet on 5 October 2005 at 10.30am in Committee
Room 3 to discuss: 1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether
to take items 4 and 5 in private. 2. Family Law (Scotland) Bill: The Committee
will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1). 3. Regulatory Powers Inquiry:
The Committee will consider a consultation paper received from the Subordinate
Legislation Committee in relation to its inquiry. 4. European Commission
Green Papers
: The Committee will consider a draft response to the consultation
on the Green Papers. 5. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill: The
Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny at Stage 1 of the forthcoming
Bill.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 26 October 2005, which will be held jointly with the
Justice 2 Committee, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence in
relation to the Budget process 2006-07. The Committee will continue to consider
the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 at subsequent meetings.

The Subordinate Legislation Committee will meet on 6
October 2005
at 12.45pm
in Committee Room 6 to discuss: 1. Instruments subject to approval: The Committee
will consider the Transfer of Rail Functions To The Scottish Ministers, (SSI
2005/draft). 2. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider
the following: the Registration of Civil Partnerships (Prescription of Forms,
Publicisation and Errors) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/458); the
Plant Breeders’ Rights (Discontinuation of Prior Use Exemption) (Scotland)
Order 2005, (SSI 2005/460); the TSE (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations
2005, (SSI 2005/469); and the Bovine Products (Restriction on Placing on
the Market) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/470). 3. Instruments
not laid before the Parliament
: The Committee will consider the following: the
Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No.4)
Amendment (No.2) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/459); and the Pollution Prevention
and Control (Designation of Public Participation Directive) (Scotland) Order
2005, (SSI 2005/461).
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 25 October it is expected that the Committee will consider
the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 and Scottish statutory instruments
and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure. The Committee also
expects to take evidence on its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland.

The Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee will meet on 6
October 2005
at 1.00pm in Committee Room 2 to discuss: 1.
Consideration of late objection
:
The Committee will consider a paper on a late objection to the Bill. 2.
Preliminary consideration of objection
: The Committee will consider a paper on the preliminary
consideration of an objection. 3. Approach to Consideration Stage: The Committee
will consider a paper on the grouping of objections and its approach to Consideration
Stage.
Proposed future business
At future meetings, the Committee will continue its scrutiny of the detail
of the Bill at Consideration Stage.

BILL TRACKER

Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill (M)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Health)) 20 September

Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill (M)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Local Government and Transport)) 13 September

Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee) 3 October

Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee) 26 October

Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 completed 14 September

Stage 3 amendments may now be lodged with the Clerks to the Environment and
Rural Development Committee

Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill (M)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Environment and Rural Development)) 5 October

Family Law (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 (Day 1) (Justice 1 Committee) 5 October

Housing (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 (Day 3) (Communities Committee) 5 October

Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Health)) 3 October

Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Bill (C)

Stage 1 (Finance Committee) 20 September

Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 (Day 3) (Local Government and Transport Committee) 3 October

Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 completed 27 September

Stage 3 amendments may now be lodged with the Clerks to the Justice 2 Committee

Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill (M)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Local Government and Transport)) 12 April

Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill (Ex)

Introduced 28 September

St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill (M)

Stage 1 (debate, meeting of the Parliament) 6 October

Stage 1 Report - Enterprise and Culture Committee (9th Report, 2005)

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill (P)

Preliminary Stage completed 28 September

OTHER EVENTS

Monday 3 October 2005

Holyrood conference on Protecting Communities, Edinburgh First, Edinburgh

Tuesday 4 October 2005

Holyrood conference on Regenerating Scotland, The Royal Museum, Edinburgh

Wednesday 5 October 2005

National Construction Week, Scottish Parliament, Committee Room 1, 6.00pm

South Countryside Alliance, Scottish Parliament, Garden Lobby, 6.00pm

WEA AGM, Scottish Parliament, Committee Room 3, 6.00pm

Thursday 6 October 2005

National Construction Week, Scottish Parliament, Committee Room 2, 2.30pm

Cross-Party Group joint meeting: Architecture and the Built Environment and
Children and Young People, 12.30pm

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