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B : Business Programme
C : Agendas of Committee Meetings
E : Written questions lodged
F : Motions and Amendments
G : Bills: Notices and Amendments
H : New Documents

Business Bulletin No. 174 / 2003

Monday 15th December 2003

Section C : Agendas of Committee Meetings

  

Finance Committee

16 December 2003

18th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Local Governance (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill's Financial Memorandum from-

Pat Watters, President and Anil Gupta, Policy Manager, COSLA.

2. Petition PE670: The Committee will hear an update on the Committee's investigation into the Executive's Relocation Policy from the Reporters.

3. Budget Process: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk on the Budget Process and consider its approach to the 2004 Spending Review.

4. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Bill's Financial Memorandum.

Procedures Committee

16 December 2003

9th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Non-Executive Bills: The Committee will consider possible witnesses for future meetings.

2. Suspension of standing orders: The Committee will consider a paper on possible changes to Rule 17.2.

3. Oral questions in the Chamber (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft Report and draft changes to standing orders.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

16 December 2003

17th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following Bill-

the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

2. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive to points raised on the following-

the End-of-Life Vehicles (Storage and Treatment) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/593).

3. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following-

the Miscellaneous Food Additives Amendment (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/599).

4. 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) Revocation Order 2003, (SSI 2003/598).

5. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following-

the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Commencement No.4) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/596)

the Lothian University Hospitals National Health Service Trust Dissolution Order 2003, (SSI 2003/597)

the Pollution Prevention and Control (Designation of Solvent Emissions Directive) (Scotland) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/600)

Act of Sederunt (Taking of Evidence in the European Community) 2003, (SSI 2003/601).

Standards Committee

16 December 2003

11th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Complaints and items in private: The Committee will consider a discussion paper.

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

3. Work programme: The Committee will consider a paper.

4. Acting Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner: The Committee will be invited to formally confirm that no further assistance will be required from the acting Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

5. Complaint: The Committee will resume its consideration of a referral from the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

Audit Committee

16 December 2003

10th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 11.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Individual Learning Accounts in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the report by the AGS entitled 'Individual Learning Accounts in Scotland' (AGS/2003/3) and arrangements for its publication.

Enterprise and Culture Committee

16 December 2003

12th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Scottish Solutions Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on its Scottish Solutions inquiry.

European and External Relations Committee

16 December 2003

9th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Repatriation of European regional development funds and the UK Government's proposals - an Inquiry into the impact in Scotland: The Committee will hear evidence from-

Professor John Bachtler, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde;

Bob Leitch and Karen Stirling, Scottish Chambers of Commerce; and

As a panel

Councillor Dr Malcolm Green, Glasgow City Council;

Councillor Eddie Carrick, Clackmannanshire Council;

Councillor Leslie Angus, Shetland Isles Council;

Councillor Tom Barr, North Ayrshire Council,

and consider a schedule for proposed future witnesses to give evidence to the Inquiry.

2. "GM-free zones" and consistency with European Community law: The Committee will consider a paper by the Parliament's Directorate of Legal Services.

3. 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

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 15 December

Environment Council, 22 December; and

Previous Councils

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 17-18 November;

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 20 November;

Economic and Financial Affairs Council, 24-25 November;

Education, Youth and Culture Council, 24-25 November;

Justice and Home Affairs Council, 27-28 November;

Competitiveness Council, 26-27 November,

and discuss the correspondence received from the Scottish Executive in response to previous queries.

4. Update on the progress of the Inter-governmental Conference (IGC): The Committee will discuss a paper providing a further update on the progress of the IGC and the EU constitutional treaty.

5. Convener's Report: The Convener will update the Committee on the-

Briefing paper outlining options by which the Committee can mark the enlargement of the EU in 2004;

Proposals for improving the information provided to the Committee by the Scottish Executive on the transposition and implementation of EC/EU legislation;

Update by the Clerks on the recent developments in, and future plans for, the Committee's involvement in the Network of Regional Parliamentary European Committees (NORPEC);

Next meeting of the 'European Committees-United Kingdom' (EC-UK) group;

Monthly report from the Clerk/Chief Executive and the Parliament's External Liaison Unit on inward/outward visits to the Scottish Parliament; and

Feedback from the EMILE meeting (8 December) attended by John Home Robertson MSP and Phil Gallie MSP on behalf of the Committee.

6. 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.

Health Committee

16 December 2003

17th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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 Collagen and Gelatine (Intra-Community Trade) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/568);

the Regulation of Care (Applications and Provision of Advice) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/570);

the Regulation of Care (Excepted Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/571);

the Regulation of Care (Requirements as to Care Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/572);

the Regulation of Care (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2003, (SSI 2003/573);

the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (No.4) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/577);

the Food Labelling Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/578).

3. National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will hear evidence at Stage 1 from-

Martyn Evans, Director and Liz MacDonald, Policy Manager, Scottish Consumer Council;

John Wright, Director, and Dr Kate Adamson, Convener, Scottish Association of Health Councils;

Warwick Shaw, Chairman, Association of Local Health Care Cooperatives.

4. Workforce Planning - Civic Participation: The Committee will consider a paper from the clerk.

Justice 2 Committee

16 December 2003

17th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from-

Rosemarie McIlwhan, Director, the Scottish Human Rights Centre;

Alison Cleland, Convenor, the Scottish Child Law Centre;

Douglas Bulloch, Chair and Alan D Miller, Principal Reporter, the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration;

George Anderson, Chair, Falkirk Children's Panel and Children's Panel Chairman Group (CPCG) Chair; John Anderson, Chair, Edinburgh Children's Panel and CPCG Depute Chair; Edith Blake, Chair, Highland Children's Panel and CPCG Secretary; Diane Watt, Chair, East Lothian Children's Panel and CPCG member.

3. Proposed Youth Justice Inquiry: The Committee will consider the appointment of an adviser and how it wishes to take forward the proposed inquiry.

Local Government and Transport Committee

16 December 2003

12th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in The Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh

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

2. Local Governance (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from-

Adam Gaines, Head of Policy and Communications, Disability Rights Commission;

Euan Page, Parliamentary Co-ordinator, Disability Rights Commission;

Rona Fitzgerald, Director of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs, Equal Opportunities Commission;

Sir Neil McIntosh, Commissioner, The Electoral Commission Scotland;

Andy O'Neil, Head of Office, The Electoral Commission Scotland;

Douglas Murray, Secretary, Association of Scottish Community Councils;

Reverend Andrew Scobie, President, Association of Scottish Community Councils;

Simon Jacquet, Chief Executive, YouthLink Scotland.

3. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the possible contents of its report to the Communities Committee.

Education Committee

17 December 2003

14th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 2

1. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage1 from-

Panel 1

Mhairi Snowden, Policy and Information Officer, Skill Scotland;

Julie-Anne Jamieson, Development Manager for Inclusion and Employability, Careers Scotland;

Melanie Weldon, Head of Beattie Implementation Team, Scottish Executive; and

Panel 2

Peter Peacock, Minister for Education and Young People;

Euan Robson, Deputy Minister for Education and Young People;

Mike Gibson, Head of Additional Support Needs Division;

Wendy Wilkinson, Head of Bill Team.

Communities Committee

17 December 2003

12th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private and whether to delegate future decisions on individual witness expenses claims for the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill to the Convener.

2. Fire Sprinklers in Residential Premises (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach at Stage 1.

3. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take oral evidence at Stage 1 from-

Panel 1

Clackmannanshire Council

Lawrence Hunter, Service Manager, Housing Management;

City of Edinburgh Council

Mark Turley, Director of Housing;

Shelia Gilmore, Executive Member for Housing and Community Safety;

Fife Council

Gerry McGloin, Team Leader, Housing Management; and

Panel 2

Edinburgh Youth Social Inclusion Partnership

Sandra Martin, Director;

Teresa Young, Youth Participation Co-ordinator;

Fablevision

Liz Gardiner, Project Co-ordination (artistic).

4. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a claim under the witness expenses scheme.

5. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the Bill at Stage 1.

Justice 1 Committee

17 December 2003

17th 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 6 in private.

2. Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from-

John Scott, Chair, Scottish Human Rights Centre;

Professor Peter Duff, School of Law, University of Aberdeen;

Lindsay Montgomery, Chief Executive, and Douglas Haggarty, Solicitor, Scottish Legal Aid Board.

3. Alternative dispute resolution: The Committee will consider its response to the European Commission's green paper on alternative dispute resolution in civil and commercial law.

4. Civil partnership registration: Margaret Smith will report to the Committee in relation to the Equal Opportunities Committee's consideration of the Scottish Executive's consultation on civil partnership registration.

5. Inquiry into the effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes in prisons: The Committee will consider a proposal for a civic participation event.

6. Inquiry into the effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes in prisons: The Committee will consider a specification for the appointment of adviser in relation to the inquiry and possible candidates for appointment.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

17 December 2003

16th Meeting, 2003

The Committee will meet at 11.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments-

the Prohibition of Keeping or Release of Live Fish (Specified Species) (Scotland) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/560);

the Pig Carcase (Grading) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/565);

the Registration of Establishments Keeping Laying Hens (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/576).

2. Parliamentary debate: The Committee will consider whether to seek a debate in the Parliament on the Report on its Inquiry into the National Waste Plan.

 

 

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