Plenary

Wednesday 8 February 2006
2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Father Eddie McGhee, Parish Priest of St Joseph’s, Stranraer
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by Executive Debate: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2006
followed by Business Motion
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-3700 Mrs Mary Mulligan: Linlithgow Primary School Volunteers

Thursday 9 February 2006
9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill
followed by Executive Debate: Volunteering
11.40 am General Question Time
12 noon First Minister’s Question Time
2.15 pm Themed Question Time—
Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;
Justice and Law Officers
2.55 pm Executive Debate: Social Work for the 21st Century
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-3848 Margaret Mitchell: Cumbernauld Town Centre.

Committees

Audit Committee
2nd Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1
1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 5 in private.
2. Scottish Prison Service: The Committee will consider a follow-up response from the Scottish Prison Service on the section 22 report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "The 2004/05 Audit of the Scottish Prison Service".
3. Bowel Cancer Services: The Committee will consider a follow-up response from the Scottish Executive to its 6th report 2005 "Bowel Cancer Services".
4. How Government Works: The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into the AGS reports entitled "Scottish Executive: supporting new initiatives" (AGS/2005/7) and "Leadership Development" (AGS/2005/8) from—
John Elvidge, Permanent Secretary, David Reid, Head of Division, Development and Rural Affairs Finance Division and Ms Ruth Parsons, Head of Public Service Reform Group, Scottish Executive.
5. How Government Works: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 4.

Equal Opportunities Committee
3rd Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2
1. Disability inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—
Panel 1
Sue Pinder, Association of Scotland’s Colleges
Rowena Arshad OBE, Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council
Geraldine Bradley, Scottish Guidance Association
Tom Drake, Scottish Qualifications Authority
David Caldwell, Universities Scotland; and
Panel 2
Alison Cox, BRITE Initiative
Sally Mackintosh, DARE Foundation
Rona Connelly, LEAD Scotland
Yvonne Brown, Learndirect Scotland
Lesley Berry, Skill Scotland.
2. Equalities review: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

 

Finance Committee
4th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3
1. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum from—
Paul Cackette, Head of Division, Civil Justice and International Division, Scottish Executive Justice Department; Andy Crawley, Bill Team Leader, Scottish Executive; and Beverley Francis, Bill Team Manager, Scottish Executive.
2. Budget Process 2006-07 (private): The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to its report on Stage 2 of the Budget Process 2006-07.
3. Deprivation Inquiry (private): The Committee will consider submissions to its deprivation inquiry.

 

Subordinate Legislation Committee
5th 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—
Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.
2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—
Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill as introduced.
3. Legislative consent memorandum: The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Company Law Bill.
4. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on the following—
the Budget (Scotland) Act 2005 Amendment (No.2) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft); and
the Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/18).
5. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—
the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).
6. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—
the National Health Service (Variation of the Areas of Greater Glasgow and Highland Health Boards) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/33);
the Police Grant (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/39); and
the National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/42).
7. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006, (SSI 2006/38); and
the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.15) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006, (SSI 2006/41).
8. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—
the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 Commencement Order 2006, (SSI 2006/31);
the National Health Service (Constitution of Health Boards) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/32); and
the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No.2) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/40).

 

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee
3rd Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4
1. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on issues arising from its Preliminary Stage report and responses provided by the promoter, from––
Councillor Donald Anderson, Leader, the City of Edinburgh Council and Andrew Holmes, Director of City Development, the City of Edinburgh Council; Michael Howell, Chief Executive and Barry Cross, Depute Tram Project Director, tie limited; and
Tavish Scott, MSP, Minister for Transport and Telecommunications and Damian Sharp, Team Leader, Public Transport Major Infrastructure Team, Scottish Executive.
2. Draft Consideration Stage report (in private): The Committee will consider its draft Consideration Stage report.

 

Enterprise and Culture Committee
4th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4
1. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The adviser will brief the Committee on part 1 (Bankruptcy) of the Bill.
2. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—
Alistair M. Hamilton, Convener, Diligence Committee, Rachel M. Grant, Member, Insolvency Solicitors Committee and Sarah Fleming, Head of International Relations, Law Society of Scotland; and
Karina T McTeague and Rob Beattie, members of the Legal Committee, Committee of Scottish Clearing Bankers.
3. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to consideration of the Bill at Stage 1.
4. Inquiry into business growth (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report.

 

Health Committee
4th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1
1. Items in private: The Committee will discuss whether to take agenda item 5 in private.
2. Inquiry into Free Personal Care for the Elderly:
Case Study Report Backs
The Committee will hear reports back from the members who took part on the Case Study visits on 23 and 24 January.
3. Inquiry into Free Personal Care for the Elderly:
Roundtable Discussion
The Committee will take evidence in the form of a roundtable discussion from:
David Bell, Head of Department of Economics, University of Stirling
Fiona Collie, Policy & Parliamentary Affairs Manager, Carers Scotland
Alex Davidson, Association of Directors of Social Work
Ewan Findlay, National Committee, Scottish Care
Paul Gray, Health Department, Scottish Executive
Kate Higgins, Head of Campaigns and Communications, Capability Scotland
Jim Jackson, Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Scotland
Alan McKeown, Policy Officer, CoSLA
Stephen Moore, Head of Social Work, Fife Council
Willie Primrose, Deputy Chair, British Geriatric Society
Andy Sim, Policy and Research Officer, Age Concern Scotland
Pat Wells, Lay Member, RCGP Scotland, P3 - Patient Partnership in Practice
4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—
The Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/3)
The Mental Health (Recall or Variation of Removal Order) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/11);
The Mental Health (Form of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/12); and
The Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Amendment and the Feeding Stuffs (Sampling and Analysis) (SSI 2006/16).
5. Inquiry into Free Personal Care for the Elderly: The Committee will discuss the evidence received and any follow up action.

 

Local Government and Transport Committee
4th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5
1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—
the Marriage (Approval of Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/657).
2. Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—
Panel 1
Sir Neil McIntosh, Electoral Commissioner; and
Andy O’Neil, Head of Scotland Office, The Electoral Commission
Panel 2
Dave Watson, UNISON Scotland
Panel 3
Kenneth Nisbet, Secretary, Scottish Association of Family History Societies; and
Andrew Nicoll, Secretary, Tay Valley Family History Society, Scottish Association of Family History Societies.
Panel 4
Carolyn MacPherson, Chief Registrar, Angus Council, Association of Registrars of Scotland.

 

Communities Committee
8 February 2006
5th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1
1. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions—
PE916 Petition by Scottish Environment LINK and Association of Scottish Community Councils on public involvement and the appeals system in the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill;
PE918 Petition by Bill Lobban, on behalf of Dalfaber Action Group on protection for amenity woodland in the land use planning system.
2. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—
Jim McCulloch, Chief Reporter and Mike Culshaw, Deputy Chief Reporter, Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit (SEIRU) and Lynda Towers, Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive (OSSE), Scottish Executive;
and then from—
Anne McCall, Convenor, John Mayhew, Deputy Convenor, Bill Wright, Member and Stuart Hay, Member, LINK Planning Task Force, Scottish Environment LINK.
3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—
the Private Landlord Registration (Information and Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/28).
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 22 February, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill.
For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Justice 1 Committee
8 February 2006
5th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 5
1. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.
2. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 22 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider European Union Justice and Home Affairs issues.
For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Public Petitions Committee
8 February 2006
3rd Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2
1. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—
PE931 To review policy on skin cancer. Polly Buchanan, Skin Care Campaign Scotland, will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of this petition accompanied by Professor James Ferguson, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, and Dr Jamie Inglis, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, the Scottish Executive.
PE913 To adopt a Play Strategy that recognises the right of all children in Scotland to a safe, accessible and challenging play environment. Lynn Kelly, Donna Stewart and John Watson, Policy and Parliamentary Officer, Barnardos Scotland, will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of this petition.
PE915 Access by primary school children to specialist visiting teachers. The Committee will consider whether to take video conference evidence in relation to this petition.
PE912 To commission research into membership of the freemasons within the police and judiciary.
PE926 To remove tolls from the Erskine Bridge.
PE924 To ban the siting of 3G and Tetra Phone masts in residential areas.
2. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—
PE799 To support COAST’s proposals to close an area of Lamlash bay to all forms of marine extraction. The Committee will consider responses from the petitioners, Professor Callum Roberts of York University and the Scottish Executive.
PE839 Guidance for local authorities on the use of moratorium to exclude telecommunication masts from being situated on council land. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.
PE868 To create a right to buy for member-based community sports clubs occupying or using land. The Committee will consider responses from sportscotland, the National Playing Fields Association and the Scottish Executive.
PE863 To amend the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 in respect of limited companies. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Legal Aid Board, the Law Society of Scotland, the Federation of Small Business, the CBI, the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Chamber of Commerce.
PE812 Health hazards associated with long-term exposure to electromagnetic fields from high voltage transmission lines. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Health and Community Care.
PE865 To investigate the sequestration recall process and consider amending the law. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.
PE735 Adjustment of Health Board boundaries and provision of health services in the North Clyde area.
PE772 Proposed clinical strategy emerging from NHS Boards, such as NHS Argyll and Clyde. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Health and Community Care.
PE895 Provision of funding to the Scottish Civic Forum. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Parliament Corporate Body.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on Wednesday 22 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on the Scottish Public Service Ombudsman’s Act; Supporting People Funding; support for the Dalkeith Bypass; financial reparation to victims of crime; a register of Freemasons in the Church of Scotland and the European Union drinking water directive. It is also expected that the Committee will further consider current petitions on access to specialist visiting teachers; NHS24; coastal and river erosion; the Burns heritage; screening for cardiomyopathy and heart disorders; the regulation of health professionals; medical negligence; Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital and GSM-R communication masts.
For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Procedures Committee
8 February 2006
3rd Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 6
1. Review of Parliamentary Time: The Committee will take evidence, in an open forum discussion, from members, including—
Susan Deacon MSP;
Carolyn Leckie MSP;
Pauline McNeill MSP;
Cathy Peattie MSP;
Mike Rumbles MSP;
Murray Tosh MSP.
2. Procedures relating to Crown appointments: The Committee will take evidence from—
John Scott MSP, on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, Paul Grice, Clerk/Chief Executive and Huw Williams, Head of the Corporate Policy Unit.
3. Consolidation Bills: The Committee will take evidence from—
Murdo Fraser MSP, former Convener of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill Committee; and Tracey Hawe, former Clerk to the Committee.
4. Procedures relating to Crown appointments (in private): The Committee will consider a draft revised report.
Proposed future business
At its meeting on 21 February, members who visited the Catalonian Parliament as part of the Committee’s inquiry into Parliamentary Time will report back, and the Committee is expected to take further oral evidence on Consolidation Bills.

 

Environment and Rural Development Committee
8 February 2006
5th Meeting, 2006
The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4
1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—
the Older Cattle (Disposal) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/4).
2. Public petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions—
Petition PE 653 on issues relating to the Scottish Agricultural College;
Petition PE 749 on the spreading of sewage sludge to agricultural land; and
Petition PE 804 on control over the Scottish fishing industry.
Not before 11.30 am
3. Food Supply Chain Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—
Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development; and
Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning.
4. Food Supply Chain Inquiry: The Committee will decide whether to consider the evidence received to date on the inquiry in private at its next meeting.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 22 February, it is expected that the Committee will begin its Inquiry into Developments in the Biomass Industry. The Committee will also consider the evidence received to date on its Food Supply Chain Inquiry.
The Committee will take further evidence on its inquiry into developments in the biomass industry at subsequent meetings on 1 and 8 March with oral evidence sessions.

 

BILL TRACKER

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (lead committee (Environment & Rural Development)) Report published 7 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

Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill (M)
Bill fell 1 February

Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill (P)
Consideration Stage (Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee) 31 January

Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (P)
Consideration Stage completed 21 December
Final Stage amendments may now be lodged with the clerks to the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee

Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Passed 2 February 2006

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
 
Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Passed 19 January

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

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