Wednesday 10 May 2006

2.15 pm Time for Reflection – Father Matt McManus, St Peter’s, Ardrossan
followed by Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Scottish Schools
followed by Housing Corporation (Delegation) etc. Bill Legislative Consent Motion – UK Legislation
followed by Business Motion
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-4052 Christine May: New Powers for Credit Unions

Thursday 11 May 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions
The Clerk has been advised of the topics of the following Scottish National Party Business.
followed by Scottish National Party Debate: Council Tax and Pensioner Poverty
followed by Scottish National Party Debate: Scottish Enterprise
11.40 am General Question Time
12 noon First Minister’s Question Time
2.15 pm Themed Question Time—
Finance and Public Services and Communities;
Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport
2.55 pm Executive Debate: Drugs and Hidden Harm
followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions
5.00 pm Decision Time
followed by Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-4171 Jim Mather: Ensuring the Independence of Scottish National Statistics

Committees

Audit Committee
9 May 2006
7th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Highland Council Headquarters, Inverness

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 3 in private.
2. 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"
3. Section 22 Report on Inverness College: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 2.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 16 May, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Accounts Commission on the Overview of Local Authority Audits 2005. It is expected that the Committee will take evidence from Dr Kevin Woods on its inquiry into NHS consultant contract on at its meeting on 30 May 2006.

Equal Opportunities Committee
9 May 2006
10th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Disability inquiry: The Committee will take evidence
2. Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Deputy Minister for Justice.
3. Petition PE522: The Committee will consider petition PE522 by Mrs Carol Main, calling for the Scottish Parliament to encourage the Scottish Executive to investigate and remedy the issue of lack of care homes for young physically disabled people in Scotland, including the Tayside area.
4. Age taking stock: The Committee will consider its approach to its age taking stock exercise.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 16 May, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on its Disability Inquiry – Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities.

Finance Committee
9 May 2006
13th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider item 5 in private and its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting.

2. Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum.

3. Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill.

4. Committee annual report: The Committee will consider its draft annual report.

5. Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill.

6. Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 16 May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from Audit Scotland, the Scottish Commission of Public Audit, and the Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman on its Accountability and Governance inquiry; and consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill.
The Committee expects to take evidence on its Accountability and Governance inquiry and on various Financial Memoranda at subsequent meetings.

Procedures Committee
9 May 2006
8th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 5

1. Declaration of interests: Robin Harper will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Finance Committee Inquiry into Accountability and Governance: The Committee will consider whether to appoint a reporter to attend on its behalf relevant meetings of the Finance Committee.

3. Review of Parliamentary Time: The Committee will consider issues relating to speaking times in debates and a letter from the Minister for Parliamentary Business on timetabling of Stage 3.

4. Members’ Bills - member in charge: The Committee will consider in more detail its proposal to prevent MSPs who are members in charge of a Member’s Bill participating as members of committees scrutinising the Bill.

5. References to "Scottish Government" in motions and questions: The Committee will consider a paper on issues raised in correspondence with Christine Grahame MSP.

6. Motions and decisions: The Committee will consider the results of its survey of MSPs, reconsider a proposed change to Rule 12.1.8, and decide whether to consider a draft report in private at its next meeting.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 23 May, it is expected that the Committee will continue consideration of issues papers on inquiries into Parliamentary Time and Consolidation Bills procedure. The Committee will also meet on 6 and 20 June.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
9 May 2006
15th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill — Criminal Proceedings etc (Reform) (Scotland) Bill Stage 1.

2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following bill — Crofting Reform etc Bill at Stage 1.

3. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following bill — Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

4. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on the following—
the Registered Social Landlords (Purposes or Objects) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/211);
the Croft House Grant (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/214); and
the Charities Accounts (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/218).

5. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following - the Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).

6. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—
the Ceramic Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/230);
the TSE (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/231);
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).

7. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 7) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006, (SSI 2006/235); andthe Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 13) (Scotland) Order 2005 Partial Revocation Order 2006, (SSI 2006/236).

8. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—
the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000 (Commencement No. 8 and Savings) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/232); and
the Avian Influenza (H5N1 in Wild Birds) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/237).

9. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

10. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider a draft consultation paper.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 16 May, the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure.

Enterprise and Culture Committee
9 May 2006
13th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1

2. Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Bill at Stage 1.

3. National anthem: The Committee will consider a request by Michael Matheson that the Committee should discuss a national anthem for Scotland.

4. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 7 May 2005 to 6 May 2006.

5. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 16 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider further its draft Stage 1 report on the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill.

European and External Relations Committee
9 May 2006
7th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Petition PE804: The Committee will discuss Scottish Executive correspondence relating to this petition.

2. The Scottish Executive’s International Development Policy: The Committee will take evidence.

3. The Committee’s Work Programme 2006: The Committee will discuss a briefing paper regarding energy issues.

4. Annual Report: The Committee will consider a draft of its Annual Report for 2005-2006.

5. The European Commission’s Work Programme 2006 - Tracking issues identified by the Committee: The Committee will consider an update paper.

6. 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
General Affairs and External Relations Council, 15-16 May
Education, Youth and Culture Council, 18-19 May
Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 22-23 May
Previous Councils
General Affairs and External Relations Council, 10-11 April

7. 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.

8. Convener’s report: The Committee will update the Committee on the—
Correspondence from the Scottish Public Pension’s Agency regarding Local Government Pensions
Correspondence from the Scottish Executive regarding energy issues
Correspondence from Nicol Stephen MSP, the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning regarding the new guidelines for national regional aid for 2007-2013
Correspondence from the Scottish Executive regarding exports of beef and products containing bovine material
Information relating to the Financial Perspectives 2007-2013.
Not before 4.00pm

9. The UK Government’s National Strategic Reference Framework and "An Inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s plans for future structural funds programmes 2007-2013": The Committee will take evidence.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 23 May, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform on the Legislative Consent Memorandum for the UK Government’s Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill and a panel of witnesses in the Committee’s Inquiry into the delivery of Structural Funds in Scotland 2007-2013.

Health Committee
9 May 2006
11th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 3

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

2. Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to this Bill and agree a call for evidence.

3. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument:
the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Transitional and Savings Provisions) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/221).

4. Committee Annual Report: The Committee will consider a draft 2005/6 Annual Report.

5. Care Inquiry: The Committee will consider a draft report.

6. Committee Work Programme 2006/7: The Committee will consider issues arising from the discussion of its work programme for 2006/7.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 16 May, the Committee will be hearing from witnesses and the Deputy Minister for Health on Direct Payments in relation to the Care Inquiry.

Justice 2 Committee
9 May 2006
13th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

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

2. Annual Report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 7 May 2005 to 6 May 2006.

3. Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill – consideration of written evidence (in private): The Committee will consider the written evidence received in relation to the Bill.

4. 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
At its next meeting on 16 May, the Committee will take further oral evidence on the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill.
The Committee will continue to take evidence on the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

Local Government and Transport Committee
9 May 2006
13th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private.

2. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose its Deputy Convener.

3. Freight transport inquiry: The Committee will take evidence.

4. European document: The Committee will consider a European Commission consultation document on strengthening the protection of the rights of passengers travelling by sea or inland waterway in the European Union.

5. Annual Report: The Committee will consider its annual report for 2005-06.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 23 May, it is expected that the Committee will begin its summary of evidence on its inquiry into freight transport in Scotland.
The Committee expects to discuss the possible contents of its report on its freight transport inquiry at subsequent meetings.

Justice 1 Committee
10 May 2006
15th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 4
1. Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 of the Bill in round table format.

2. Annual Report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 7 May 2005 to 6 May 2006.

3. 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 17 May, it is expected that the Committee will continue to 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 and on the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

Communities Committee
10 May 2006
16th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

2. Homelessness: The Committee will take evidence.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments — the Registered Social Landlords (Purposes or Objects) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/211).

4. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 7 May 2005 to 6 May 2006.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 24 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from the Minster for Communities on Homelessness.

Education Committee
10 May 2006
11th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Joint Inspections (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006.

2. Subordinate legislation: Robert Brown (Deputy Minister for Education and Young People) to move S2M-4299—
Peter Peacock: The Draft Joint Inspections (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006—That the Education Committee recommends that the draft Joint Inspections (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 be approved.

3. Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1.

4. Annual report: The Committee will consider its annual report for the year 2005-06.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 17 May, it is expected that the Committee will take further evidence on the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will continue its consideration of the general principles of the Bill at its weekly meetings up to and including 7 June.

Bill Tracker

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Report published 7 February, debate in the chamber 23 February.  Environment and Rural Development Committee, Stage 2 to be completed by 31 March, no further dates set.

Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (Finance Committee) 31 January.  Enterprise and Culture Committee 2 May 2006, Stage 1 to be completed 25 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.  No further dates set.

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 9 May.

Local 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, no further dates set.

Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex)
Introduced 19 December 2005.  Stage 1 evidence to be completed 19 May

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.  No further dates set.

Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill (Ex)
Stage 1 (lead committee (Education)).  Stage 2 to be completed 21 April.  Subordiante Legislation Committee 2 May.  Parliament 10 May.

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

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