PLENARY BUSINESS

Wednesday 11 May 2005

Time for Reflection: Rev Dr George Whyte, Minister of
Colinton, Edinburgh

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Procedures Committee Debate:
4th Report 2005, Report on Private Legislation

Justice 1 Committee Debate:
3rd Report 2005, Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Rehabilitation in
Prisons

Business Motion

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business:
Debate on the subject of S2M-2367 Nanette Milne: Call for Action on the A90

 

Thursday 12 May 2005

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Executive Debate: Schools/Colleges
Review

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

Executive Debate: Veterans

Parliamentary Bureau
Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business

 

COMMITTEES

The Finance Committee will meet on 10 May 2005 at 10.15am in Committee Room
1 to discuss: 1. Efficient Government: The Committee will take evidence on
the Executive’s Efficient Government Initiative from: Tom McCabe MSP,
Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform; Peter Russell, Head of Efficient
Government Delivery Group, Scottish Executive; Dr Peter Collings, Director
of Performance Management and Finance, Health Department, Scottish Executive;
Nick Bowd, Director of Scottish Procurement, Scottish Executive; and Ian Burdon,
e-Procurement Scotland Programme Team, Scottish Executive. 2. Family
Law (Scotland) Bill
: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum from: Carol
Duncan, Family Law (Scotland) Bill Team Leader, Scottish Executive; Alex Mowat,
Family Law (Scotland) Bill Team, Scottish Executive; and Moira Wilson, Family
Law (Scotland) Bill Team Manager, Scottish Executive. 3. Environmental
Assessment (Scotland) Bill (in private)
: The Committee will consider its draft report
on the Financial Memorandum of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill.
4. Housing (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft
report on the Financial Memorandum of the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed
future business


At its next meeting on 17 May, it is expected that the Committee
will take oral evidence on Civil Service Reform as part of its monitoring of
the Efficient Government initiative. The Committee will continue to scrutinise
the Efficient Government initiative and consider the Financial Memoranda of
other Bills at subsequent meetings.

 

The Procedures Committee will meet on 10
May 2005
at 10.15am in Committee Room 3 to discuss: 1. Sewel
Convention
:
The Committee will take evidence from: Margaret Curran MSP, Minister for Parliamentary
Business; Murray Sinclair, Head of Constitution and Parliamentary Secretariat;
and Paul Allen, Constitutional Policy Unit, Scottish Executive. 2.
Admissibility of public petitions
: The Committee will take evidence from: Michael McMahon
MSP, Convener of the Public Petitions Committee; and Jim Johnston, Clerk
to
the Committee. 3. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual
report for the Parliamentary year from 7 May 2004 to 6 May 2005.

Proposed
future business


At its next meeting on 24 May, the Committee will consider its
general
approach to a number of the issues raised in the Sewel Convention inquiry
and consider options for its next main inquiry. The Committee will also decide
on a structure and timescale for a short inquiry on the procedures in relation
to the re-appointment of crown appointees nominated by the Parliament and
may
further consider the admissibility of public petitions.

 

The Subordinate Legislation
Committee
will meet on 10 May 2005 at 10.30am in Committee Room 4 to
discuss: 1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda
item 6 in private. 2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider
a
response from the Executive on the delegated powers provisions in the Management
of
Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1. 3. Executive responses: The
Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on
the
following:
the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations
2005 (SSI 2005/draft); the Horse Passports (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI
2005/223);
and the Land Management Contracts (Menu Scheme) (Scotland) Regulations
2005 (SSI 2005/225). 4. Executive response: The Committee will consider a
response to general questions raised on the implementation of EU directives
in relation
to the Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2005
(SSI
2005/216). 5. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider
the following: the Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland)
Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/243); the Fireworks (Scotland) Amendment Regulations
2005 (SSI
2005/245); and the Feed (Corn Gluten Feed and Brewers Grains) (Emergency
Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/246). 6. Annual
report
:
The Committee
will consider its draft annual report.

Proposed future business

At its
next meeting on 17 April, it is expected that the Committee will consider the
Licensing
(Scotland) and Housing (Scotland) Bills at Stage 1.

 

The Enterprise and Culture
Committee
will meet on 10 May 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 2 to discuss:
1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following
negative instrument: The Education (Student Fees Support) Temporary Protection
(Scotland)
Amendment Regulations (SSI 2005/217). 2. Inquiry into business
growth
:
The Committee will take evidence from: Carol Craig, Chief Executive, Centre
for
Confidence and Well-being; Professor Sara Carter, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship,
University of Strathclyde; and Agnes Samuel, Chief Executive, Glasgow
Opportunities Enterprise Trust on developing a business culture; Pupils and
staff of Berwickshire
High School and All Saints RC High School Glasgow on entrepreneurship
in schools; and Bill Fleming, Chair, Glasgow Opportunities Enterprise Trust
on innovation
and risk-taking. 3. Inquiry into business growth: The Committee will
consider the criteria for selection of proposals for fact-finding visits. 4.
Impact
of broadcasting reviews
: The Committee will consider a paper from the
clerk. 5. Annual report: The Committee will consider its annual report for
the parliamentary
year 7 May 2004 to 6 May 2005.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting
on 24 May, the Committee expects to take evidence from the Scottish Executive,
Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise on its business
growth
inquiry. The Committee will also consider the Scottish Executive’s response
to its 3rd report 2005 entitled ‘Restructuring Scotland’s Tourist
Industry: Report on the Review of Area Tourist Boards'.

 

The European and External
Relations Committee
will meet on 10 May 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room
1 to discuss: 1. Item in private: the Committee will consider whether to take
item 7 in private. 2. Inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s Fresh Talent
initiative
: The Committee will take evidence from: As a panel: Professor Robert
Wright, The University of Stirling and Professor Joan Stringer, Universities
Scotland; As a panel: Michael Cannon, Senior Director, International Operations,
Scottish Enterprise; Charlie Woods, Chief Economist and Senior Director of
Knowledge Management, Scottish Enterprise; Alex Paterson, Director of Developing
Skills, Highlands and Islands Enterprise; and Alastair Nicolson, Head of Strategic
Research and Planning, Highlands and Islands Enterprise. 3. Promoting
Scotland worldwide
: An inquiry into the external relations policy, strategy and activities
of the Scottish Executive: The Committee will consider the response to its
inquiry report from the Scottish Executive. 4. 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:
Education, Youth and Culture Council, 23-24 May; General Affairs and External
Relations Council, 23-24 May; and Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 30 May;
Previous Councils: Environment Council, 10 March; Agriculture and Fisheries
Council, 14 March; ECOFIN Council, 12 April; Justice and Home Affairs Council,
14 April; and Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research) Council,
18 April. 5. 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. 6. Convener’s report: The Convener will update
the Committee on: the Monthly report from the Clerk/Chief Executive and the
External Liaison Unit on the external relations activities of the Parliament;
the Letter from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development, Ross Finnie
MSP, concerning progress on the implementation of the Waste Electrical and
Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive; and the Letter from the Scottish Executive
concerning matters arising from the Committee meeting of 12 April 2005. 7.
Inquiry into Scotland’s preparations for and contributions to the G8
Summit and the UK Presidency of the EU 2005
: The Committee will consider a
further draft of its inquiry report.

Proposed future business

On 24 May, the
Committee hopes to take evidence on the Fresh Talent Inquiry from the business
sector organisations and from specific businesses. At future meetings, the
Committee will continue to take evidence on the Fresh Talent Inquiry.

 

The Health
Committee
will meet on 10 May 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee Room 4 to discuss:
1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda
item 6 in private. 2. Subordinate legislation: Rhona Brankin MSP, Deputy Minister
for Health and Community Care, to move the following motions: S2M-2723
That
the Health Committee recommends that the draft Mental Health (Medical
treatment subject to safeguards) (Section 234) (Scotland) Regulations 2005
be approved;
and S2M-2721 That the Health Committee recommends that the draft Mental
Health (Medical treatment subject to safeguards) (Section 237) (Scotland) Regulations
2005 be approved. 3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider
the
following negative instruments: the Miscellaneous Food Additives Amendment
(Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/214); the Smoke Flavourings (Scotland)
Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/215); and the Food Labelling Amendment (Scotland)
Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/222). 4. Infection with hepatitis
C as a result of NHS Treatment
: The Committee will take evidence from: Panel 1: Philip
Dolan, Chairman, Scottish Haemophilia Forum; Dave Bissett, Vice-Chairman, Scottish
Haemophilia Forum; Frank Maguire, Solicitor/Advocate, Thompsons Solicitors;
Graham Whitehead, Chief Executive, Haemophilia Society UK; and Panel
2: Mr
Andy Kerr MSP, Minister for Health and Community Care. 5. Smoking,
Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill
: The Committee will consider arrangements for
its
consideration of the Bill at Stage 2, including Roseanna Cunningham MSP
to move motion S2M-2765 That the Health Committee considers the Smoking, Health
and Social Care (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 in the following order: sections
9 to 36, schedules 2 and 3, sections 1 to 5, schedule 1, sections 6 to
8, section
37 and the long title. 6. Post-legislative scrutiny: The Committee will
consider its approach to its inquiry into the implementation of the Regulation
of Care
(Scotland) Act 2001 and the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act
2002.

Proposed future business

The Committee will consider the Smoking, Health
and Social Care
(Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 at its next meeting. It is anticipated that
the Committee will continue its Stage 2 consideration at future meetings until
mid-June.

 

The Justice 2 Committee will meet on 10 May 2005 at 2.00pm
in Committee
Room 5 to discuss: 1. Subordinate legislation: Cathy Jamieson MSP,
Minister for Justice to move the following motion S2M-2722 That the Justice
2
Committee recommends that the draft Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (Relevant
Premises) Regulations
2005 be approved. 2. Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland)
Bill
:
The Committee will take evidence on the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland)
Bill from:
Cathy Jamison MSP, Minister for Justice; Andrew Brown, Bill Team
Leader, Reducing Reoffending Division; George Burgess, Head of Criminal Justice
Projects
Division;
Brian Cole, Head of Branch 1, Community Justice Services Division;
and
Sharon Grant, Head of Branch 2, Community Justice Services Division. 3.
Licensing (Scotland) Bill (in private)
: The Committee will consider its draft
report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 17 May, it is expected
that the
Committee
will consider a draft report on Youth justice.

 

The Local Government
and Transport Committee
will meet on 10 May 2005 at 2.00pm in Committee
Room 6
to discuss:
1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider The Police
Pensions Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/200). 2.
Transport (Scotland)
Bill
: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3).

Proposed
future business


At its next meeting on 17 May, it is expected that the Committee will
consider oral evidence on the Licensing (Scotland) Bill. The Committee expects
to continue consideration of the Licensing (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

 

The
Communities Committee will meet on 11
May 2005
at 9.30am in Committee
Room 1 to discuss: 1. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence
at Stage 1 from: Panel 1: Nick Fletcher, Policy & Public Affairs Officer,
Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland; Panel 2: Richard Hamer, Director,
Ownership Options in Scotland; Lynn Welsh, Head of Scottish Legal Affairs,
Disability Rights Commission; Megan Wilson, Principal Officer: Service Development,
Sense Scotland, representative of Disability Agenda Scotland; Grant Carson,
Manager, Accessible Housing Solutions; Panel 3: John Blackwood, Director, Scottish
Association of Landlords; Mike Stimpson, Chair, National Federation of Residential
Landlords; Eleanor Clark, HomePoint Co-ordinator, Communities Scotland; Alasdair
Seale, Vice President, Property Managers Association Scotland Ltd; Panel 4:
Andrew Bradford, Leader of the Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Group Scottish
Rural Property and Business Association (SRPBA); Andrew Bruce Wootton, Deputy
Chairman, Scottish Estates Business Group (SEBG).

Proposed future business

At
its next meeting on 18 May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral
evidence on the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

 

The Environment and Rural Development
Committee
will meet on 11 May 2005 at 9.45am in Committee Room
4 to discuss: 1. Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will
take evidence
at Stage 1 from: Amanda Chisholm, Strategic Environmental Assessment
Team Leader, Historic Scotland; Dr Bill Band, National Strategy Manager, Scottish
Natural
Heritage; and Neil Deasley, Principal Policy Officer, Scottish
Environment Protection Agency. 2. Annual report: The Committee will consider
its draft
annual report for the parliamentary year 7 May 2004 to 6 May
2005. 3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following
negative instruments:
the Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Regulations
2005 (SSI 2005/216); the Production of Bovine Collagen Intended for Human Consumption
in the United Kingdom (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/218);
the Horse
Passports (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/223); and the
Land Management Contracts (Menu Scheme) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/225).
4. Inquiry
into rural development (in private)
: The Committee will consider
options for proceeding with its inquiry. 5. Inquiry into climate change
(in private)
: The
Committee will consider a further draft report.

Proposed future
business


The Committee will complete its evidence taking on the Environmental
Assessment
(Scotland) Bill at its next meeting scheduled for 18 May by taking
evidence from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development and the Minister
for
Communities. At its subsequent meeting on 25 May the Committee
will take evidence from the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development
on the Water
Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 Annual Report
to the Parliament 2004 and will consider the draft Water Environment (Controlled
Activities)
(Scotland) Regulations 2005.

 

The Justice 1 Committee will meet
on 11 May 2005 at 9.45am in Committee Room 6 to discuss: 1.
Family Law (Scotland) Bill
: The
Committee will take evidence from: Panel 1: Dr Alison Elliot,
Moderator, General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; John Deighan, Parliamentary
Officer, Roman
Catholic Church; Major Alan Dixon, Salvation Army Scotland;
and Reverend Alan Paterson, United Reformed Church; Panel 2: Dr Gordon MacDonald,
CARE for Scotland;
Vanessa Taylor, Policy and Equalities Officer, Scottish Inter-Faith
Council; Dianna Wolfson, Scottish Inter-Faith Council; and Ephraim Borowski,
Director,
Scottish Council for Jewish Communities; Panel 3: Maureen
Lynch, Policy Consultant, Family Mediation Scotland; and Carol Barrett, Director,
Family Mediation Lothian;
Panel 4: Tim Hopkins, Legislation and Policy Worker, Equality
Network.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 May, it is expected
that the Committee
will take oral evidence in relation to the Family Law (Scotland)
Bill from Children in Scotland, Children 1st, Families Need Fathers, Grandparents
Apart
Self-Help Group, Stepfamily Scotland and Scottish Women’s Aid. The Committee
expects to continue to take evidence on the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at subsequent
meetings.

 

The Public Petitions Committee will meet on 11 May
2005
at 10.00am
in Committee Room 2 to discuss: 1. New Petitions: The Committee
will consider the following new petitions: PE840 Scottish Executive policy
in relation to
traffic calming measures - Judith McCrorie will make a brief
statement in support of her petition accompanied by James Page; PE841 Amendment
to the Fatal Accident
and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976 - Mr Pat Curran
and Mrs Sandra Curran will make a brief statement in support of their petition
accompanied
by Margaret Dekker;PE836 Review of the Prescription and Limitation
(Scotland) Act 1973 in relation to compensation for injured people - Ronald
Conway will
make a brief statement in support of his petition accompanied
by Pat Clark; PE837 Fitting of small-scale energy generation equipment into
all buildings
in Scotland by the year 2020; PE838 Review of Scottish Executive
policy in relation to roads design standards and their publication and application
across
Scotland; PE842 To review the use of chloramine disinfectant
in the treatment of drinking water. 2. Current Petitions: The Committee will
further consider
the following current petitions: PE497 Legislation to alleviate
the nuisance caused by high hedges - the committee will consider a response
from Scott Barrie
MSP; PE639 Storage and dispensing of NHS prescribed drugs
in schools - the Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Patients
Association, Educational
Institute for Scotland and the Association for Head Teachers
in Scotland; PE766 Recovery of tax arrears in the Sheriff Court - the Committee
will consider
responses from the Scottish Executive, CBI Scotland, Inland
Revenue, and the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland; PE703 Review of
Historic Scotland
- the Committee will consider a response from the Scottish
Executive; PE715 & PE777
Funding for Scottish Opera - the Committee will consider responses from the
Scottish Executive, Scottish Opera and BECTU Scotland; PE754 Review of Local
Government Finance - the Committee will consider a response from the Scottish
Executive; PE786 Installation of thermostatic mixing valves in the hot water
systems of all new-build and renovated properties - the Committee will consider
responses from the Minister for Communities, the Scottish Building Standards
Agency, Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers
Federation, and the Thermostatic Mixing Valve Manufacturers
Association;
PE571 Implementation of Complementary Alternative Medicine
by Health Boards
in Scotland -
the Committee
will consider a response from the Scottish Executive. 3.
Public Petitions Committee Equalities Report
: The Committee
will consider
a paper
by the clerk.

Proposed
future business


At its next meeting on 25 May, it is expected
that the Committee will consider new petitions on the establishment
of
a sports
academy in the
Scottish borders; public holidays to celebrate days of importance;
protection of ancient woodland; clergy in the Freemasons;
upgrade of the A90; and
various new petitions by the New Party. The Committee is
also expected to give further
consideration to current petitions on mental health services
for deaf and deaf blind people; a national policy for travelling
show
people;
the Scottish Legal
Aid Board; Cardiomyopathy; Institutional child abuse; a Scottish
national anthem; windfarm construction and accessible transport.

 

 

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 (Baird
Trust Reorganisation Bill Committee) 3 May 2005

Charities and Trustee
Investment (Scotland) Bill (Ex):
Stage 2 completed 4 May 2005

[em]Stage
3 amendments may now be lodged 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 (evidence, lead committee (Environment and
Rural Development)) 11 May 2005

Family Law
(Scotland) Bill (Ex):
Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee
(Justice 1)) 11 May 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 (evidence, lead committee (Communities))
11 May 2005

Licensing (Scotland) Bill (Ex): Stage 1 (evidence, lead committee
(Local Government and Transport)) 17 May 2005

Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill (Ex): Stage
1 (evidence, lead committee (Justice 2)) 10 May 2005

Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill
(Ex):
Stage 2 completed 3 May 2005

[em]Stage 3 amendments may now
be lodged with the Clerks to the Equal Opportunities Committee[/em]

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 2 completed 4 May 2005

[em]Stage 3 amendments may now
be lodged with the Clerks to the Justice 1 Committee [/em]

Smoking, Health and Social
Care
(Scotland) Bill (Ex):
Stage
1 completed 28 April 2005

[em]Stage 2 amendments
may now be lodged with the Clerks to
the Health Committee[/em]

Transport (Scotland) Bill (Ex): Stage 2 (Day 3) (Local Government
and Transport Committee) 10 May 2005

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

 

OTHER EVENTS

Holyrood conference on Scotland's Water: Tuesday 10 May

Cross-Party Group on
Lupus: Wednesday 11 May at 12.30pm

Cross-Party Group on Refugees and Asylum
Seekers: Wednesday 11 May at 5.30pm

Cross-Party Group on Loss of Consultant
Led Services in Scotland – Solutions: Wednesday 11 May at 6.00pm

Cross-Party
Group on Affordable Housing: Wednesday 11 May at 6.00pm

Cross-Party
Group on Architecture and the Built Environment: Wednesday 11 May at 6.00pm

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