PLENARY BUSINESS

Wednesday 1 June 2005

Time for Reflection: Mr Jim Campbell, National Prayer
Breakfast for Scotland

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Ministerial Statement on
Scotland and Africa

Local Government and Transport Committee Debate: 4th
Report 2005, Inquiry into issues arising from the Transport (Scotland)
Act 2001

Business Motion

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business: Debate
on the subject of S2M-2615 Mike Watson: Protecting Land Used for Organised
Sport and Other Forms of Physical Activity

 

Thursday 2 June 2005

Parliamentary
Bureau Motions

Preliminary Stage Debate: Baird Trust Reorganisation
Bill

Executive Debate: Antisocial Behaviour

General Question Time

First Minister’s Question
Time

Themed Question Time

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance
and Public Services and Communities

Stage 3 Proceedings: Protection
of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill

Parliamentary
Bureau Motions

Decision
Time

Members’ Business: Debate on the subject of S2M- 2841 John
Swinburne: Powers of the Scottish Parliament

 

COMMITTEES

The Justice 1 Committee will meet on 1 June 2005 at
9.45am in Committee Room 1 to discuss: 1. Family Law (Scotland) Bill:
The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from the following witnesses: Panel
1: Gary Strachan; Panel 2: Alan
Finlayson OBE, Child Law Consultant; and Panel 3: Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister
for Justice. 2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will
consider the following negative instruments: the Confirmation to Small Estates
(Scotland) Order 2005
(SSI 2005/251); and the Prior Rights of Surviving Spouse (Scotland) Order 2005
(SSI 2005/252).
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 8 June, it is
expected that the Committee will consider the oral evidence received as part
of its consideration at Stage 1. The Committee expects to continue to consider
the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1, at subsequent meetings.

 

The Waverley
Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee
will meet on 1 June
2005
at 9.45am in
Committee Room 6 to discuss: 1. Consideration of late objections: The Committee
will
consider a paper on late objections to the Bill. 2. Preliminary
consideration of objections
: The Committee will consider a paper on the preliminary consideration
of objections. 3. Oral evidence on the general principles of the
Bill
:
The Committee will take evidence from: Panel 1: Councillor David Parker, Leader
of Scottish Borders Council; Councillor Adam Montgomery, Leader of Midlothian
Council; and Councillor Keith McIntosh, Midlothian Council; Panel 2: Allan
Lundmark, Director of Planning and Communications, Homes for Scotland;
Panel
3: John Rae, General Manager of Operations (South East), Scottish Water;
and Atholl Duncan, Head of Corporate Affairs, Scottish Water; Panel 4: Lesley
Martin,
Assistant Head of Planning and Implementation, Scottish Borders Council;
David Williamson, Head of Planning, Strategic Services, Midlothian Council;
and Paul
McCartney, Senior Economist, Halcrow; Panel 5: Councillor David Parker,
Leader of Scottish Borders Council; Councillor Adam Montgomery, Leader of Midlothian
Council; and Councillor Jim Muirhead, Midlothian Council; Panel 6: Paul
McCartney,
Senior Economist, Halcrow; Keith Wallace, Director of Projects, Scott Wilson
Railways; Lesley Martin, Assistant Head of Planning and Implementation,
Scottish Borders Council; and David Williamson, Head of Planning, Strategic
Services,
Midlothian Council. 4. Bill notification arrangements: The Committee will
take evidence from: Panel 7: Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish
Borders Council; and Councillor Adam Montgomery, Leader of Midlothian Council;
Panel
8: Ian Davis, Legal Director, Registers of Scotland; and Mike Traynor,
Information Director, Registers of Scotland; Panel 9: Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary
Agent,
John Kennedy & Co; David Fish, Principal Surveyor and Quality Manager,
LandAspects; and Ashley Parry Jones, Referencing Manager, LandAspects.
Proposed
future business

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

 

The Education Committee will meet on 1 June
2005
at 10.00am in Committee Room 2 to discuss: 1. Subordinate
legislation
:
The Committee will consider the following negative instruments: the St
Mary’s
Music School (Aided Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/269);
and the Education (Assisted Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI
2005/270), and take evidence from Ben Haynes, Policy Adviser, Registrar of
Independent Schools; and Paul Wilson, Policy Adviser, Registrar of Independent
Schools. 2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following
negative instruments: the Additional Support for Learning (Appropriate Agency
Request Period and Exceptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/264);
the Additional Support for Learning (Changes in School Education) (Scotland)
Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/265); the Additional Support for Learning (Co-ordinated
Support Plan) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI/2005/266); and the Additional
Support for Learning (Publication of Information) (Scotland) Regulations (SSI/2005/267),
and take evidence from: Robin McKendrick, Team Leader, Additional Support Needs
Division; Shona Pittilo, Policy Officer, Additional Support Needs Division;
and Louise Donnelly, Solicitor, Legal and Parliamentary Services. 3.
Pupil motivation inquiry
: The Committee will take evidence from: Panel 1: Una Chrystal,
Operations Manager, Right Track; Gary Daniel, Fairbridge in Scotland; and Tom
McGhee, Director, Spark of Genius; Panel 2: Alan Locke, Senior Adviser, Education
Support, Renfrewshire Council; Kelly Bayes, Head of Policy, Aberlour Childcare
Trust; and Steve McCreadie, Service Manager, Crannog, Aberlour Childcare Trust.
4. Pupil motivation inquiry: The Committee will discuss the issues arising
from today’s evidence.
Proposed future business
At future meetings further
evidence for the pupil motivation inquiry will be taken. The Committee is conducting
an inquiry into early years education and childcare and will take evidence
later in the year.

 

The Environment and Rural Development Committee will meet
on 1 June 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 4 to discuss: 1.
Item in private
: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private. 2.
European
issues
: The Committee will consider an update from the Convener on European
issues. 3. Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill - UK
Legislation
:
The Committee will consider its approach to scrutiny of the Scottish
Executive’s
proposal to seek the Parliament’s consent to the UK Parliament
legislating on devolved matters in the Natural Environment and Rural
Communities Bill.
4. Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee
will consider a further draft Stage 1 report.
Proposed future business
At
its next
meeting on 8 June, it is expected that the Committee will begin taking
evidence at Phase 2 of its inquiry into rural development. The Committee
expects to
continue taking evidence at Phase 2 of its inquiry into rural development
at its subsequent meetings on 13 June in Brechin and on 22 and 29 June.

 

 

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 (debate,
meeting of the Parliament) 2 June 2005

Charities and Trustee
Investment (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
: Stage 3 (debate, meeting of the
Parliament) 9 June 2005
[em]Amendments should be lodged by 4.30pm on Friday
3 June with the Clerks to the Communities Committee. [/em]

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) 17 May 2005

Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (P): Consideration Stage (Edinburgh
Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee) 18 May 2005

Environmental Assessment
(Scotland) Bill (Ex)
: Stage 1 (lead committee (Environment and
Rural Development)) 1 June 2005

Family Law (Scotland) Bill (Ex): Stage 1 (evidence, lead
committee (Justice 1)) 1 June 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 (lead committee (Communities)) 8 June 2005

Licensing
(Scotland) Bill (Ex)
: Stage 1 (lead committee (Local Government
and Transport)) 31 May 2005

Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill
(Ex)
: Stage 1 (lead committee (Justice 2)) 31 May 2005

Prohibition of Female
Genital
Mutilation (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
: Passed 26 May 2005

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 3 (debate, meeting of the Parliament) 2 June
2005

Smoking, Health
and Social Care (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
: Stage
2 (Day 3) (Health Committee) 31 May 2005

St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill (M): Introduced
19 May

Transport
(Scotland) Bill (Ex)
: Stage
2 completed 10 May 2005
[em]Stage 3 amendments
may now be lodged with the Clerks to
the Local Government and Transport
Committee [/em]

Waverley
Railway (Scotland) Bill (P)
:
Preliminary Stage (Waverley Railway
(Scotland) Bill Committee) 1 June
2005

 

OTHER EVENTS

Cross-Party Group on Tackling Debt: Tuesday 31 May 2005 at 11.30am in room
Q1.07

Cross-Party Group on Animal Welfare: Wednesday 1 June 2005 at 6.00pm in
Committee Room 5

Holyrood Conference on Learning to Make Scotland Sustainable:
Friday 3 June 2005

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