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BUSINESS BULLETIN 40 / 2000

Friday 3 March 2000

Section C – Agendas of Committee Meetings

 

  

Equal Opportunities Committee

6 March 2000

6th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 1.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Consideration of questions (in private): The committee will consider its questions for witnesses.

2. Ethical Standards on Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill: The committee will take evidence at Stage 1 on the general principles of the Bill from—

Ann Allan of the Church of Scotland Board of Social Responsibility; Gordon Macdonald of Christian Action Research and Education (CARE); Jeremy Balfour of the Evangelical Alliance; Ronnie Convery and John Deighan of the Roman Catholic Church;

Mr Mazhar Malik of the Ethnic Community Resource Centre;

The Church of Scotland Education Committee; the Iona Community; the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and the Scottish Episcopal Church.

3. Review of evidence: The committee will review evidence.

 

Justice and Home Affairs Committee

6 March 2000

10th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in the Council Chambers, Stirling Council, Viewforth, Stirling

1. Abolition of Feudal Tenure (Scotland) Bill: The Convener to move, That the Committee, in its consideration of the Bill at Stage 2, take the sections in numerical order and each schedule immediately after the section that introduces it.

2. Petition: The Committee will consider petition PE44 by Mr Archie MacAllister calling for the Scottish Parliament to reconsider section 17 of the Abolition of Feudal Tenure (Scotland) Bill.

3. Scottish Prisons: The Committee will take evidence on issues affecting women prisoners from—

Ms Kate Donegan, Governor of HM Establishment Cornton Vale.

4. Freedom of Information: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Executive’s proposals from—

Professor Alan Miller, Scottish Human Rights Centre.

5. Scottish prisons (in private): The Committee will consider options for a draft report on Scottish prisons.

 

Finance Committee

7 March 2000

6th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

1. Written Agreement between the Finance Committee and the SPCB: The Committee will consider the response of the Presiding Officer in respect of the draft written agreement between the SPCB and the Finance Committee on the subject of the annual budget process.

2. Initial Budget Proposal for the SPCB 2001/02: The Committee will consider the letter from the Presiding Officer on the estimates of expenditure requirement for the SPCB in 2001/02.

3. New Scottish Parliament Building: The Committee will consider the proposal that a cross-party group from within the Finance Committee should be established to consider this issue.

4. Determination of Accounting Policies: The Committee will consider the memorandum from the Minister for Finance on the determination of accounting policies.

5. Financial Provisions in Bills: The Committee will consider a paper on this subject from the Convener.

6. Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Bill: The Committee will consider the provisions of the Bill which introduce new or increase existing expenditure charged on or payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund (under Standing Orders Rule 9.12).

7. European Union Funding Arrangements: The Committee will consider a paper on this subject from the Clerk.

 

European Committee

7 March 2000

5th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 2

1. European Structural Funds and their implementation in UK and Scotland: The Committee will discuss correspondence received on this subject from Members of the Committee and a proposal for future work in this field

2. Review of the European Structural Fund Project Management Executives and their relationship with the Scottish Executive:

The Committee will hear evidence from-

Mr Lex Gold, Chair of the Scottish Executive’s Review Steering Committee

3. Objective 2 Draft Plans:

The Committee will hear evidence from-

Mr Colin Imrie and Mr Phil Smith, Development Department, Scottish Executive

Mr Laurie Russell, Strathclyde European Partnership

Mr Gordon McLaren, East of Scotland European Partnership

Mr Donald MacKinnon, South of Scotland European Partnership

4. Terms of Reference for Reporters:

The Committee will discuss the proposed Terms of Reference for the following Reporters-

Maureen Macmillan MSP, covering a review of the European List 1 designated disease Infectious Salmon Anaemia and List 2 disease Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia

Tavish Scott MSP, covering the implementation of European Legislation on the agricultural sector in Scotland

5. Scrutiny of European Documentation:

The Committee will consider-

Documents received since 16 February 2000

 

Audit Committee

7 March 2000

4th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Scottish Ambulance Service (in Private): The Committee will consider possible lines of questioning in preparation for the evidence taking session in agenda item 3.

2. Financial Reporting Advisory Board, FRAB: The Committee will consider correspondence and memoranda from the Minister for Finance and the National Audit Office on FRAB

3. Scottish Ambulance Service (not before 2.45pm): The Committee will hear take evidence from:

Mr Adrian Lucas, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service

Mr Mike Allen, Manager, Management Information Department, Scottish

Ambulance Service

Mr Calum Kerr, Manager, West Central Division, Scottish Ambulance Service

Mr Geoff Scaife, Chief Executive, NHS in Scotland

 

Education, Culture and Sport Committee

7 March 2000

9th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Update on Committee Business: The Committee will be updated on business in its current work programme.

2. Petition PE82 on Gaelic-medium education: The Committee will consider Petition PE82 by Commann nam Parant (Naiseanta) which calls for Gaelic-medium education to be placed on a statutory basis.

3. Consultation with children and young people: The Committee will consider a report from Fiona McLeod on consultation with children and young people.

4. Hampden Park: The Committee will consider the latest position on the financial package for the national stadium at Hampden Park.

5. Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Bill: The Committee will consider a further draft report on the Bill at Stage 1.

 

Local Government Committee

7 March 2000

8th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Chamber

2. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following instruments—

The Electricity Lands (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/Draft)

The BG Transco plc (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/Draft)

The Railtrack plc (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/Draft)

The Electricity Generators (Aluminium) (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/Draft)

The Electricity Generators (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/Draft)

The Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/Draft)

The Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order (SSI 2000/Draft)

3. Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill: The Committee will consider the Memorandum from the Scottish Executive and take evidence from Mr Frank McAveety, Deputy Minister for Local Government.

4. Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence to inform future consideration of the General Principles at Stage 1 of the Bill from—

Scottish Council for Single Homeless

Stonewall Youth Project

5. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions—

Petition PE 75: Mr Frank Harvey

Petition PE 88: Northern College Christian Union

Petition PE 90: Aberdeenshire Council

6. Reports from visits: The Committee will consider reports from visits to—

South Lanarkshire: LG/00/8/2 – Reporter, Donald Gorrie

North Lanarkshire: LG/00/8/3 – Reporter, Sylvia Jackson

 

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

8 March 2000

6th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Item to be taken in private: The Convener will move that Item 4 be taken in private.

2. Tourism Strategy: The Committee will consider the Scottish Executive’s published document "A New Strategy for Scottish Tourism" and will take evidence from—

Ivan Broussine, Chief Executive, Scottish Tourism Forum

Paul Murray-Smith, Scottish Tourism Forum

Area Tourist Boards

Mr Alasdair Morrison MSP, Deputy Minister, Scottish Executive

3. European Document: The Committee will consider EU Document No. 12664/99 – "Report on the application of Directive 94/47/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 26 October 1994 on the protection of purchasers in respect of certain aspects of contracts relating to the purchase of the right to use immovable properties on a timeshare basis".

4. Tourism Strategy - Submission: The Committee will consider the content of its submission to the Scottish Executive, in response to the published document "A New Strategy for Scottish Tourism".

  
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