PLENARY BUSINESS
Wednesday 1 February 2006

Time for Reflection - Rt Rev David W. Lacy, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

Time for Reflection - Rt Rev David W. Lacy, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Question Time

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Stage 1 Debate: Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill

Business Motion

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-3839 Mr Andrew Welsh: Community and Village Halls 

Thursday 2 February 2006
Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Stage 3 Proceedings: Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill

General Question Time

First Minister’s Question Time

Themed Question Time—
Health and Community Care;  

Environment and Rural Development

Stage 1 Debate: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

Financial Resolution: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Decision Time

Members’ Business – Debate on the subject of S2M-3732 Elaine Smith: Childhood Obesity in Scotland
 

COMMITTEES

The Finance Committee will meet on 31 January 2006 at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1 to discuss:
1. Budget (Scotland) (No. 3) Bill:
The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

2. Inquiry into Cost of Local Authority Single Status Agreement: The Committee will take evidence from—
Jimmy Farrelly, T & G Scotland; Carol Judge, Unison Scotland; and Alex McLuckie, GMB Scotland.

3. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum from— Gillian Thompson, Chief Executive of the Accountant in Bankruptcy; Graeme Perry, Head of Operational Policy Unit, Accountant in Bankruptcy; Nicola Bennett, Director of Finance and IT; and Marilyn Riddell, Head of Court Organisation Branch, Scottish Courts.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments –
the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/1); and the Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/2).

5. Committee inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to a future inquiry.
Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 February, it is expected that the Committee will take further oral evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill and will consider the Executive’s response to its Stage 2 Budget report. The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its inquiry into the cost of the Single Status Agreement and to take evidence on various Financial Memoranda at subsequent meetings.

 

The Subordinate Legislation Committee will meet on 31 January 2006 at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following bill— Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2.

2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill— Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

3. Executive responses: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following— the National Bus Travel Concession Scheme for Older and Disabled Persons (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).

4. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following— the Budget (Scotland) Act 2005 Amendment (No.2) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).

5. Instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following— the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/29).

6. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following— the Electricity (Applications for Consent) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/18); the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Codes of Conduct for Members of certain Scottish Public Authorities) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/26); the Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/27); and the Private Landlord Registration (Information and Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/28).

7. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—
the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants (Scotland) Scheme 2006, (SSI 2006/24).

8. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—
the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement and Savings) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/19).

9. Executive correspondence: The Committee will consider further information requested from the Executive in relation to the following instruments it considered and reported on at its meeting of 24 January 2006—
the Older Cattle (Disposal) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/4); and
the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2006, (SSI 2006/5),

10. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report.
Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 7 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure. The Committee will also further consider its draft report in relation to its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

 

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee will meet on 31 January 2006 at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3 to discuss:

1. Draft Consideration Stage report (in private): The Committee will consider its draft Consideration Stage report.
Proposed future business
At future meetings, the Committee will continue its scrutiny of the detail of the Bill at Consideration Stage.

 

The Enterprise and Culture Committee will meet on 31 January 2006 at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Inquiry into business growth (in private): the Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 7 February, the Committee will take further evidence at Stage 1 on the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill.

 

The European and External Relations Committee will meet on 31 January 2006 at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6 to discuss:

1. Inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s Fresh Talent initiative: The Committee will consider the Scottish Executive’s response to the Committee’s inquiry report.

2. Pre- and post-EU Council scrutiny: The Committee will consider the agendas and information received from the Scottish Executive on the following meetings of the Council of the EU— Forthcoming Councils ECOFIN Council, 24 January, ECOFIN Council, 14 February, Previous Councils Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 22-24 November

3. 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.

4. Convener’s Report: The Convener will update the Committee on the— Regional Aid Guidelines 2007-2013
Latest position regarding Petition PE804 Scottish Executive’s ‘Building a Bridge between Europe and its Citizens’ project.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 28 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform, on the European Commission’s Work Programme 2006. The Committee also expects to discuss the response from the Environment and Rural Development Committee on Petition PE804 calling for the Scottish Parliament to use its influence to return control over its fishing industry to Scotland.

 

The Health Committee will meet on 31 January 2006 at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1 to discuss:

1. Consideration of the case for an inquiry into 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; Andy Gunn, Highland Haemophilia Group; Robert Mackie, Haemophiliac, Borders; Frank Maguire, Adviser to the Scottish Haemophilia Forum, Thompsons Solicitors;Suzanne Potter, Non-haemophiliac hepatitis C sufferer; Kevin McGonagle, Non-haemophiliac hepatitis C sufferer; Panel 2 Mr Andy Kerr MSP, Minister for Health and Community Care.

2. Subordinate legislation: Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care will move the following motion— S2M-3802— That the Health Committee recommends that the Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved.

3. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 4 in private.

4. Consideration of the case for an inquiry into infection with hepatitis C as a result of NHS Treatment: The Committee will consider the evidence it has received and any follow-up action.
Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 February, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on free personal care as part of its on-going Care Inquiry.

 

The Justice 2 Committee will meet on 31 January 2006 at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2 to discuss:

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

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—
the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2006 (SSI 2006/5); and
the Intensive Support and Monitoring (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/15).

3. Petition: The Committee will consider the following petition—
PE890 by James A. Mackie on an independent police complaints commission.

4. Scottish Prison Complaints Commissioner: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Executive.

5. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider arrangements for consideration of the Bill at Stage 2.
Proposed future business

At its next meeting on Tuesday 21 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider further the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.

 

The Local Government and Transport Committee will meet on 31 January 2006 at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4 to discuss:

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

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—
the Road User Charging Schemes (Liability for Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/651)
the Road User Charging Schemes (Penalty Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/652)
the Road User Charging Schemes (Keeping of Accounts and Relevant Expenses) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/654)
the M77 (Malletsheugh) (Speed Limit) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/655).

3. Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from— Panel 1 Neville Dundas, Head of Corporate Administration, Scottish Borders Council; Panel 2 Gordon Blair, Chief Legal Officer, West Lothian Council, SOLAR; and Rod Richardson, Clackmannanshire Council, Association of Electoral Administrators; Panel 3 Jeanette Wilson, Solicitor to the Church of Scotland; and Graham Blount, Parliamentary Officer, Scottish Churches.

4. Freight Transport Inquiry: The Committee will consider a summary of written evidence. The Committee will also consider a programme of evidence to inform the inquiry.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 7 February, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will continue to take evidence on the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

 

The Communities Committee will meet on 1 February 2006 at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4 to discuss:

1. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from— Frances McChlery, Convener, Professor Jeremy Rowan-Robinson, Member, and John Watchman, Member, Planning Law Sub-Committee, Law Society of Scotland and then from— Roy Martin QC, Dean and Ailsa Wilson, Advocate, Faculty of Advocates and then from— John Thomson, Director of Strategy and Operations West and Mark Wrightham, National Strategy Officer, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH); Cheryl Black, Customer Service Director, Scottish Water; Neil Deasley, Principal Policy Officer (Planning & Environmental Assessment), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA); Paul Lewis, Director of Competitive Place, Scottish Enterprise and Allan Rae, Manager of Competitive Place, Scottish Enterprise Grampian.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 8 February, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill.

 

The Justice 1 Committee will meet on 1 February 2006 4th at 9.45 am in Committee Room 6 to discuss:

1. Forthcoming Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the role and person specification for the post of adviser.

2. Work programme: The Committee will decide whether to consider its work programme in private at its next meeting.

3. Family law: The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk on the provision of family support services in Scotland.

4. Petition PE770: The Committee will consider a petition by Ms Patricia Orazio on family law issues.

5. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—
the Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/656);
the Bail Conditions (Methods of Monitoring Compliance and Specifications of Devices) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/7); and the Restriction of Liberty Order (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/8).

6. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 8 February 2006 it is expected that the Committee will consider, in private, its work programme and a further draft Stage 1 report on the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill.

 

The Environment and Rural Development Committee will meet on 1 February 2006 at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2 to discuss:

1. Food Supply Chain Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from— Kevin Bellamy, Chief Executive, Milk Development Council; John Cummings, Scottish Representative, Farmers for Action; Alistair Donaldson, Executive Manager, Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers; Martyn Evans, Director, Scottish Consumer Council; Wilma Finlay, Managing Director, Cream o’ Galloway Dairy Company Ltd; James Graham, Chief Executive, Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society; Kevin Hawkins, Director General, British Retail Consortium; Sarah Mackie, Senior Buying Manager – Scotland, Tesco; Peter Nicholson, Milk Procurement Director, Robert Wiseman Dairies; and James Withers, Deputy Chief Executive, NFU Scotland.

2. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a further draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 February 2006, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development and the Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning on its Food Supply Chain Inquiry and consider the Older Cattle (Disposal) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/4). The Committee expects to take evidence on its inquiry into developments in the biomass industry at subsequent meetings.

 

The Education Committee will meet on 1 February 2006 at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1 to discuss:

1. Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

2. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 and all subsequent considerations of its early years inquiry report in private.

3. Early years inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from— Panel 1 Jacquie Roberts, Chief Executive, Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care; Ronnie Hill, Director of Children’s Services Regulation, Scottish Commission; Not before 11.30 am Panel 2 Peter Peacock, MSP, Minister for Education and Young People; Val Cox, Head of Early Education and Childcare Division; Don McGillivray, Early Education and Childcare Division; Penny Curtis, Early Education and Childcare Division.

4. Early years inquiry: The Committee will consider its draft report.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 1 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider a petition and the annual reports of various bodies. The Committee expects to consider the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill at Stage 2 at subsequent meetings and to consider a draft report on its early years inquiry.

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