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K: Progress of Parliamentary business

Business Bulletin No. 10/2004

Friday 16 January 2004

Section C : Agendas of Committee Meetings

  

Audit Committee

20 January 2004

2nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 2, 5, 6 and 7 in private. The Committee will also consider whether to take in private at a future meeting an item on lines of questioning for its evidence session on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled 'The 2002-03 Audit of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body'.

2. Auditor General for Scotland Report 'Scottish Enterprise: special audit examination' (AGS/2003/11): The Committee will consider lines of questioning for the witnesses at agenda item 4.

3. Financial Scrutiny Inquiry: The Committee will consider arrangements for its forthcoming inquiry into parliamentary scrutiny of the financial consequences of proposed legislation.

4. Scottish Enterprise: The Committee will take evidence from-

Dr Robert Crawford, Chief Executive, Mr Iain Carmichael, Senior Director, Finance, Mr Charlie Woods, Senior Director, Knowledge Management, Scottish Enterprise.

5. Scottish Enterprise: The Committee will consider the evidence taken on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled 'Scottish Enterprise: special audit examination' (AGS/2003/11).

6. Supporting Prescribing in General Practice: The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled 'Supporting Prescribing in General Practice: a progress report' (AGS/2003/5).

7. NHS Overview: The Committee will consider arrangements for its inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled 'Overview of the National Health Service in Scotland' (AGS/2003/12).

Enterprise and Culture Committee

20 January 2004

3rd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Victoria Hall, Kinloch Road, Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute

1. Renewable Energy Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from-

Panel 1

George Harper, Director of Development Services, Argyll and Bute Council;

Angus Gilmore, Head of Planning Services, Argyll and Bute Council;

Steven Watson, Manager, Argyll, Lomond and the Islands Energy Agency;

Panel 2

Susan Reilly, Managing Director, Strategic Transactions UK, Scottish Power;

Allan Mortimer; Head of Wind Development; Scottish Power;

David Sigsworth, Generation Director, Scottish and Southern Energy;

Dr Brian Smith; Head of Projects; Scottish and Southern Energy; and

Panel 3

Robert Forest, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables Forum;

Maf Smith, Development Manager, Scottish Renewables Forum;

on its inquiry into renewable energy in Scotland.

Finance Committee

20 January 2004

2nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

Alistair McIntosh, Head of Antisocial Behaviour Division; Michael Kellet, Antisocial Behaviour Bill Team Leader; Rachael Gwyon, Head of Youth Justice and Children's Hearing Division and Bill Barron, Head of Police Regulations and Resource Branch, Scottish Executive.

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

Andrew Rushworth, Head of Local Government Constitution and Finance Division and Sarah Morrell, Local Democracy Team Leader, Scottish Executive.

3. Scottish Water (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report by its reporters as part of the Committee's investigation into Scottish Water.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

20 January 2004

3rd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the response from the Scottish Executive to points raised on the following Bill-

the Local Governance (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Shetland Islands Regulated Fishery (Scotland) Variation Order 2004, (SSI 2004/1);

the Ura Firth, Shetland Scallops Several Fishery Order 2004, (SSI 2004/5);

the Meat Products (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/6);

the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/7); and

the Processed Cereal-based Foods and Baby Foods for Infants and Young Children (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/8).

3. Mainstreaming equality in the work of the Parliament's committees: The Committee will consider a draft letter from the Convener to the Convener of the Equal Opportunities Committee.

European and External Relations Committee

20 January 2004

2nd Meeting, 2004

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-

Frank Gaskell, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

Dr Calum Macleod, Scottish Environment Protection Agency;

Roland Diggens, Scottish Council for Development and Industry;

Richard Robinson, Scottish Natural Heritage; and

Abigail Howard, The Wise Group.

2. Promotion of Scotland Worldwide Inquiry: The Committee will review the written evidence received to date and discuss proposals for an initial schedule of witnesses.

3. 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.

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

Report from the meeting of the "European Chairs - UK Group", Aberdeen 12 January 2003;

Proposed meeting with His Excellency Daithi O'Ceallaigh, Irish Ambassador to the UK, 12 February 2004;

The Honey (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (SSI 2003/569) and potential requirements for the labelling of country of origin;

Submission by the Committee to the Inquiry by the Select Committee on Transport in the House of Commons, covering proposals for a euro vignette and public service obligations for air routes; and

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

5. 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

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 26-27 January 2004 (tbc); and

Previous Councils

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 1-2 December 2003;

Transport Council, 5 December 2003;

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 8-9 December 2003;

Energy Council, 15 December 2003.

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

20 January 2004

3rd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 3

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

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

2. Subordinate legislation: Tom McCabe (Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care) to move motion S2M-752-

that the Health Committee recommends that the draft Scottish Hospital Trust (Transfer of Property) Regulations 2004 be approved.

Tom McCabe (Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care) to move motion S2M-753-

that the Health Committee recommends that the draft National Health Service (Distribution of Endowment Income Scheme) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 be approved.

3. Health Protection Agency Bill: The Committee will take evidence from-

Tom McCabe MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care.

Justice 2 Committee

20 January 2004

3rd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm 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 take any discussion of the draft Stage 1 report on the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill in private at any future meeting.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument-

the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Amendment Order 2003 (SSI 2003/621).

3. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions-

PE347 Petition by Mr Kenneth Mitchell calling for the Scottish Parliament to investigate the practice of shoeing Clydesdale Horses to introduce legislation to make such a style of shoeing illegal unless sanctioned, for medical reasons, by a Veterinary Surgeon.

PE565 Petition by Miss Jacqueline Shields calling for the Scottish Parliament to take the necessary steps to provide a protective mechanism to ensure that the welfare concerns of minors is paramount in Scottish law.

PE578 Petition by Mr Donald MacKinnon calling for the Scottish Parliament to take the necessary steps to extend the right of absolute privilege available to those who complain about the conduct of a range of public bodies, to young and vulnerable people who report abuse to an appropriate authority.

PE659 Petition by Mr Graham Sturton calling for the Scottish Parliament to carry out a review of the sentencing policy on violent crime in Scotland.

4. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Local Government and Transport Committee

20 January 2004

3rd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

2. Rail Industry in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from-

John Armitt, Chief Executive, Network Rail; and

Ron McAulay, Regional Director for Network Rail in Scotland.

3. Community Planning Implementation Group: The Committee will take evidence from-

William Rae, Chairman, Community Planning Implementation Group.

4. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

 

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