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A : Daily Business List
B : Business Programme
C : Agendas of Committee Meetings
D : Oral Questions selected for answer
E : Written questions lodged
F : Motions and Amendments
G : Bills: Notices and Amendments
H : New Documents
J : Parliamentary Bureau: Note of Decisions
K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 134 / 2003

Tuesday 7th October 2003

Section C : Agendas of Committee Meetings

  

Education Committee

8 October 2003

6th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

  1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private.
  2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following instrument under negative procedures—
  3. the Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/423) and the Committee will take evidence from— Christine Marr (Scottish Executive).

  4. Youth Organisations: The Committee will take evidence from the following members of uniformed and non-uniformed youth organisations—
  5. Tom Boyle, Director for Scotland, the Boys Brigade
    Jim Duffy, Chief Executive, the Scout Association Scottish Council
    Sally Pitcairn, Scottish Chief Commissioner, Girlguiding Scotland
    Colonel Robert Watson, Secretary, Lowland Reserve Forces and Cadets’ Association
    Peter Crory, National General Secretary, YMCA Scotland
    Simon Jaquet, Chief Executive, Youthlink Scotland
    Benny Lawrie, National Development Officer, Youth Sport Trust
    Allister Short, Network Development Manager, Youth Scotland.

  6. School Transport Guidelines: The Committee will continue consideration of the Scottish Executive’s revised School Transport Guidelines.
  7. Scottish Executive Budget: The Committee will consider an issues paper on the draft 2004-2005 budget.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

8 October 2003

8th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Item 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 Air Quality Limit Values (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/428)

the Smoke Control Area (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/436)

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/445).

3. Petitions: The Committee will consider petitions PE246, PE462, PE463 and PE464 on the procedure for the designation of Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation.

4. Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider arrangements for its consideration of the Bill at Stage 1.

Not before 11.30 am

5. Budget process 2004-05: The Committee will take evidence from Ross Finnie MSP (Minister for Environment and Rural Development).

6. National Waste Plan Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from Ross Finnie MSP (Minister for Environment and Rural Development).

Justice 1 Committee

8 October 2003

9th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 7 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: Hugh Henry MSP (Deputy Minister for Justice) to move the following motion—

S2M-421 Hugh Henry:  The Draft Victim Statements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Order 2003— That the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft Victim Statements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

the Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/441);

the Victims’ Rights (Prescribed Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/440);

the Children’s Hearings (Provision of Information by Principal Reporter) (Prescribed Persons) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/424);

the Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/403)

the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/438).

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

PE29 by Alex & Margaret Dekker calling for action to be taken in relation to the Crown Office’s decisions and considerations in prosecuting road traffic deaths;

PE55 by Tricia Donegan calling for the Parliament to conduct an investigation to establish why the full powers of the law are not enforced in all cases that involve death by dangerous driving;

PE111 by Mr Frank Harvey calling for the Parliament to order a public inquiry into road accidents involving police responding to 999 calls;

PE299 by Ms Tricia Donegan calling for the Parliament to investigate whether the additional driving offences of failure to possess the correct licence, MOT or insurance documentation should be taken into consideration at court hearings concerning a fatality caused by dangerous driving;

PE331 by Tricia Donegan calling for the Parliament to investigate why drivers who have made deliberate decisions when driving that cause risk to the lives of others are classed as careless drivers when prosecuted, even in the event of a fatality;

PE124 by Grandparents Apart Self Help Group calling for the Parliament to consider amending the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 to name grandparents in the act as having an important part to play in the lives of their grandchildren.

The Committee will also consider correspondence arising from closed petition PE14 by the Carbeth Hutters’ Association, calling for the introduction of legislation to provide security of tenure and rights of access for those who own property built on leased land.

5. Work programme: The Committee will consider its forward work programme.

6. Proposed bill to reform the High Court of Justiciary: The Committee will consider its approach to consideration of the bill, which was due to be introduced on 7 October 2003.

7. Proposed bill to reform the High Court of Justiciary: The Committee will give further consideration to candidates for the post of adviser to the Committee in relation to the bill.

Communities Committee

8 October 2003

6th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Budget process 2004-05: The Committee will take evidence on Stage 2 from—

Margaret Curran MSP, Minister for Communities.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Compulsory Purchase of Land (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/446).

 

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