PLENARY BUSINESS

Wednesday 7 December 2005

Time for Reflection - Mr Donald Matheson, Elder of the Free Church of Scotland and Session Clerk of the Falkirk Congregation

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Stage 1 Debate: Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill

Executive Debate: Violence Against Women

Business Motion

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-3520 Alex Fergusson: A76 - The Case for Improvement

Thursday 8 December 2005

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Executive Debate: First Anniversary of the Criminal Justice Plan

General Question Time

First Minister’s Question Time

Themed Question Time-

Health and Community Care;

Environment and Rural Development

Executive Debate: Future Arrangements for Health Services in the Argyll and Clyde Areas

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business - Debate on the subject of S2M-3243 Helen Eadie: Supporters Hope that SFA will Admit John Thomson to Hall of Fame

COMMITTEES

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee will meet on 5 December 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 2 to discuss:
1. Items in Private: The Committee will discuss whether to consider the draft Consideration Stage report, Consideration Stage issue papers and the draft Appropriate Assessment report, in private, at future meetings.
2. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Consideration Stage Phase 1 from Group 33 (Impact on Security (vegetation)), Objector’s witness: Patricia Craik, householder. Group 34 (Security and Privacy), Objector’s witness: Graham Scrimgeour, householder. Group 34 (Safety on Walkway/Speed), Objector’s witness: Tina Woolnough, Blackhall Community Association. Group 34 (Emergency and Maintenance Access), Objector’s witness: Graham Scrimgeour, householder. Group 34 (Health & Safety - Construction and Operation), Objector’s witness: Mark Clarke, householder. Group 35 (Health & Safety), Objector’s witness: Mark Hallam, householder. Group 43 (Safety), Objector’s witness: Rosanne Brown, Wester Coates Terrace Action Group. Group 43 (Tram Speed), Objector’s witness: Anne McCamley, householder. Group 33 (Impact on Parking), Objector’s witness: Ian Hewitt, householder. Group 33 (Visual Impact of OLE), Objector’s witness: Alison Bourne, householder. Group 34 (Drainage), Objector’s witness: Graham Scrimgeour, householder. Group 34 (Frequency/Hours of operation), Objector’s witness: Graham Scrimgeour, householder. Group 34 (Visual Impact/Loss of land/damage to property), Objector’s witness: Graham Scrimgeour, householder. Group 34 (Planning Policy), Objector’s witness: Peter Allan, householder. Group 34 (Built Heritage), Objector’s witness: Peter Allan, householder. Group 34 (Visual Impact), Objector’s witness: John Adams, householder. Group 34 (Tram Stops (parking)), Objector’s witness: John Adams, householder. Group 34 (Disabled Access), Objector’s witness: Sue Polson, householder. Group 35 (Visual Impact), Objector’s witness: Frazor Murphy, householder. Group 35 (Slip Streaming and Damage to Property), Objector’s witness: Frazor Murphy, householder. Group 35 (Visual Impact, Built Heritage and Working Hours), Objector’s witness: John Barkess, householder. Group 35 (Construction), Objector’s witness: Richard Vanhagen, householder. Group 45 (Planning Policy / Built Heritage), Objector’s witness: Peter Allan, householder. Group 43 (Siting of Roseburn Station), Objector’s witness: Iain Gaul, householder. Group 43 (Property Prices, Roseburn Corridor as public park), Objector’s witness: Anne McCamley, householder. Group 43 (Construction and Submitted Plans), Objector’s witness: Iain Gaul, householder. Group 34 (Bridges and Stop Locations), Objector’s witness: Tina Woolnough, Blackhall Community Association. Group 34 and 45 (Visual Impacts of OLE), Objector’s witness: Tina Woolnough, Blackhall Community Association. Group 45 (Construction Impacts), Objector’s witness: Tina Woolnough, Blackhall Community Association.
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 Finance Committee will meet on 6 December 2005 at 10.00am in Committee Room 1 to discuss:
1. Proposal for a Review of Executive Management of Public Finances: The Committee will consider a paper from the budget adviser.
2. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to take its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill and consideration of its future work programme in private at its next meeting.
3. Cross-cutting Inquiry into Deprivation (in private): The Committee will consider issues arising from evidence received for its cross-cutting inquiry into deprivation.
4. Budget Process 2006-07 (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Budget Process 2006-07.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 13 December it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the progress of the Executive’s relocation policy; its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill; and its future work programme.  The Committee will continue to scrutinise the financial memoranda of Bills at subsequent meetings.

The Procedures Committee will meet on 6 December 2005 at 10.15am in Committee Room 4 to discuss:
1. Review of Parliamentary Time: The Committee will consider options for further evidence and for structuring the rest of the inquiry.
2. Forthcoming Committee debate: The Committee will consider a proposed bid to the Conveners’ Group for a Chamber debate on its report on procedures relating to Crown appointees.
3. Procedures relating to Crown appointees (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report and draft standing order changes.
4. Private Bill Committee assessors (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report and draft standing order changes.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 20 December the Committee will consider revised draft reports and draft standing order changes on the procedures relating to Crown appointees and on the Private Bill Committee assessors inquiries. The Committee will also consider its work programme for the early part of 2006.

The European and External Relations Committee will meet on 6 December 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 4 to discuss:
1. 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.
2. The European Commission’s Plan D for Democracy, Dialogue and Debate: The Committee will consider a briefing paper from the Clerks.
3. Pre- and post-EU Council scrutiny: The Committee will discuss the agendas and information received from the Scottish Executive on the following meetings of the Council of the EU: Forthcoming Councils: Environment Council, 2 December; ECOFIN Council, 6 December; Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 8-9 December; General Affairs and External Relations Council, 12-13 December; Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 19-21 December.  Previous Councils: Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 24-25 October; General Affairs and External Relations Council, 7 November; ECOFIN, 8 November.
4. 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.
5. Convener’s Report: The Convener will update the Committee on the: Consideration on whether to bid for Committee time in the Chamber to debate either the Fresh Talent Report or the European Commission’s Work Programme for 2006; Cabinet Office Report on the Better Regulation Conference held in Edinburgh on the 22-23 September 2005; Letter from the Chair of the European and External Affairs Committee of the National Assembly for Wales on subsidiarity; Email to the Scottish Executive regarding points relating to Pre- and Post-Council Scrutiny; Letter to the Scottish Executive concerning the Agriculture and Fisheries Council 22-24 November 2005; Letter to the European Commission regarding their complaints procedure relating to the Ferguson’s bid for Fisheries Protection Vessels Contract.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 20 December 2005 it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning on proposals for a European Institute for Technology (EIT) and the implementation of Structural Funds programmes in Scotland.

The Health Committee will meet on 6 December 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 6 to discuss:
1. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 13 December the Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report on the Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will consider a further draft report on 20 December. The Committee will also consider the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1) on 20 December. The Committee is planning to commence oral evidence taking as part of its Care Inquiry early in the New Year.

The Justice 2 Committee will meet on 6 December 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 2 to discuss:
1. Scottish Prison Complaints Commissioner: The Committee will take evidence from Vaughan Barrett, Commissioner, and Sarah Crawford, Casework Officer on the Commissioner’s Annual Report for 2004/05.
2. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the Firefighters Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/566).
3. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions: PE763 by Julia Clarke on the regulation of the legal profession; and PE890 by James A. Mackie on an independent police complaints commission.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on Tuesday 13 December it is expected that the Committee will consider the draft Stage 1 report for the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.

The Local Government and Transport Committee will meet on 6 December 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 5 to discuss:
1. Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 13 December it is expected that the Committee will consider petition PE 758 on Home Safety Officers. The Committee is also planning to carry out an inquiry into Freight Transport early next year.

The Public Petitions Committee will meet on 7 December 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. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions: PE899 Review of the operation of the Victim Notification Scheme. Hazel Reid will make a brief statement in support of her petition accompanied by Norma Anderson. PE900 Assessment of the proposal for the Dalkeith Northern Bypass. Jade Allison will make a brief statement in support of her petition accompanied by Elizabeth Robertson and Colin Howden. PE898 Provision of maternity services in rural areas. PE901 Repeal of section 32 1 (b) of the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980.
3. Current Petitions: The Committee will consider the following current petitions: PE804 Control of the Scottish fishing industry. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner. PE813, PE771 & PE821 The preservation of school playing fields and recreational spaces. The Committee will consider responses from Sportscotland and the petitioners. PE837 Small scale energy generation equipment. The Committee will consider responses from Energy Networks Association; the Scottish Executive and Friends of the Earth. PE856 Upgrade of the A90 trunk between Tipperty and Balmedie in Aberdeenshire in the interests of safety and the environment. The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Transport and Friends of the Earth. PE853 The closure of facilities and services for children with special needs. The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Education and Young People and Aberdeenshire Council. PE857 Adequate provision of Gaelic language teachers. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and Comunn nam Pàrant Nàiseanta (national group of parents of children in Gaelic medium education.) PE858 Preservation of ancient woodlands. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive; the UK Forest Partnership for Action; the Forestry Commission (Scotland); Scottish Natural Heritage and the Confederation of Forest Industries. PE850 Renegotiation of the NUTS2 boundaries in relation to the South of Scotland. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive; the Office of National Statistics; the South of Scotland European Partnership; Scottish Borders Enterprise; the Scottish Agricultural College and the Office of the European Commission in Scotland. PE820 Adequate funding for therapeutic work initiatives to assist people with psychotic psychiatric disability. The Committee will consider responses from the Deputy Minister for health and Community Care and the petitioner. PE867 Surreptitious medication. The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Health and Community Care; Alzheimer Scotland; the Scottish Mental Health Association and BMA Scotland.
4. Witness expenses: The Committee will consider a claim under the witness expenses scheme.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on Wednesday 21 December 2005 it is expected that the Committee will consider petitions on information literacy; eco-villages; PPP schools; planning regulations; breast cancer screening and supermarket packaging. The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976; child sex offenders; property affected by wind farm development; legal aid; housing stock transfer; portable oxygen and pulmonary rehabilitation classes; public library provision in rural areas; the use of PPP funding for new schools and a review of local authorities’ performance in maintaining roads, pavements and footpaths.

OTHER EVENTS

Monday 5 December 2005

Crossingpoints Project Exhibition, Garden Lobby

Children of Scotland Exhibition, Garden Lobby

Children in Scotland, Committee Room 2, 14:00

COR/ UK Delegation, Garden Lobby, 17:30

Cross-Party Group on Children and Young People, 18.00

Tuesday 6 December 2005

Crossingpoints Project Exhibition, Garden Lobby

Children of Scotland Exhibition, Garden Lobby

Cross-Party Group on Tackling Debt, 12.30

Cross-Party Group on Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, 13.30

Cross-Party Group on a Culture of Peace in Scotland, 18.15

Wednesday 7 December 2005

Crossingpoints Project Exhibition, Garden Lobby

Modern Studies Teachers' Seminar, Education Room

Children of Scotland Exhibition, Garden Lobby

CLIC Sargent, Committee Room 2, 13:00

Cross-Party International Development Group of the Scottish Parliament, 17.30

Thursday 8 December 2005

Crossingpoints Project Exhibition, Garden Lobby

Children of Scotland Exhibition, Garden Lobby

Glasgow Woman's Library / Equal Opportunities, Committee Room 2, 14:30

Friday 9 December 2005

Crossingpoints Project Exhibition, Garden Lobby

Children of Scotland Exhibition, Garden Lobby

Common Purpose Your Turn, Committee Room 3

British Lung Foundation, Garden Lobby, 18:00

 

BILL TRACKER

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

Stage 1 (lead committee (Health)) 13 December

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Environment and Rural Development)) 7 December

Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Enterprise and Culture)) 6 December

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

Stage 1 (lead committee (Local Government and Transport)) 6 December

Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee) 5 December

Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee) 21 December

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

Stage 1 (lead committee (Environment and Rural Development)) 30 November

Family Law (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 2 completed 30 November

Stage 3 amendments may now be lodged with the Clerks to the Justice 1 Committee

Housing (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Passed 24 November

Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 completed 30 November

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

Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 Report (Education Committee) to be published 1 December

Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (lead committee (Justice 2)) 13 December

Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill (M)

Withdrawn 30 November

Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Justice 1)) 7 December

Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill (Ex)

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Education)) 7 December

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

Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee (Enterprise and Culture)) 6 December

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill (P)

Consideration Stage (Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee) 19 December

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