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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
I : Petitions lodged
K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 21 / 2004

Monday 2nd February 2004

Section C : Agendas of Committee Meetings

  

Communities Committee

3 February 2004

5th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

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

Margaret Curran MSP, Minister for Communities; Alisdair McIntosh, Head of Anti-social Behaviour Unit; Michael Kellet, Anti-social Behaviour Bill Manager; Gillian Russell, Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive (OSSE); and Kit Wyeth, Youth Justice and Children's Hearings Unit, Scottish Executive.

2. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to discuss an issues paper in private at its next meeting; and whether to discuss its draft report at Stage 1 in private at future meetings.

Finance Committee

3 February 2004

4th Meeting, 2004

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

1. Scottish Water: The Committee will receive a briefing as part of its investigation into Scottish Water from-

Andrew Scott, Head of Division, Water Services Unit; Janet Egdell, Team Leader, Water Services Unit; Aileen Wright, Head of Audit and Accountancy Services Division; and David Reid, Head of Development and Rural Affairs Finance Division, Scottish Executive.

The Committee will take evidence from-

Allan Wilson MSP, the Acting Minister for Environment and Rural Development; Andrew Scott, Head of Division, Water Services Unit; Janet Egdell, Team Leader, Water Services Unit; and Aileen Wright, Head of Audit and Accountancy Services Division, Scottish Executive.

2. Inquiry into Relocation Policy: The Committee will consider an approach paper outlining proposals for developing its investigation into the Scottish Executive's Relocation Policy into an inquiry.

3. Budget 2004-05: The Committee will discuss the Scottish Executive's response to its stage 2 report on the Draft Budget 2004-05.

4. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Bill's Financial Memorandum.

5. Local Governance (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Bill's Financial Memorandum.

Audit Committee

3 February 2004

3rd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

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

2. Business in private: The Committee will consider a paper on issues surrounding decisions to meet in private.

3. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme for the period February to March 2004.

4. 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).

5. Scottish Further Education Funding Council: The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Scottish Further Education Funding Council - performance management of the further education sector in Scotland" (AGS/2003/7).

Subordinate Legislation Committee

3 February 2004

5th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

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

the Budget (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/13).

3. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following-

the Budget (Scotland) Act 2003 Amendment Order 2004, (draft).

4. Instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following-

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/21).

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

the National Health Service (Transfer of Property between Health Boards) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/15); and

the National Health Service (Borrowing and Loans from Endowments) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/16).

6. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following-

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2003 Revocation Order 2004, (SSI 2004/19); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2003 Revocation Order 2004, (SSI 2004/22).

Enterprise and Culture Committee

3 February 2004

5th Meeting, 2004

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

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

Panel 1

Dr Chris Anastasi, Senior Environmental Advisor, British Energy;

Adrian Bull, Head of Technology Services, British Nuclear Fuels Ltd;

Panel 2

John Thomson, Director of Operations and Strategy, Scottish Natural Heritage;

Bill Band, National Strategy Manager, Scottish Natural Heritage; and

Panel 3

Dr Dan Barlow, Scottish Environment Link, (Head of Research, Friends of the Earth Scotland);

Anne McCall, Scottish Environment Link, (Planning and Development Manager, RSPB Scotland);

Ian McCall, Scottish Environment Link, (Campaign and Policy Coordinator, Ramblers' Association Scotland);

on its inquiry into renewable energy in Scotland.

2. Renewable Energy in Scotland: The Committee will consider a paper reviewing the progress to date of its Renewable Energy in Scotland inquiry.

3. Renewable Energy in Scotland: The Committee will consider a paper on dealing with witness expenses in relation to its Renewable Energy in Scotland inquiry.

European and External Relations Committee

3 February 2004

3rd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Scottish Executive's European Strategy: The Committee will discuss this document.

2. Promotion of Scotland Worldwide Inquiry: The Committee will discuss revised proposals for a schedule of witnesses to give oral evidence as part of this Inquiry.

3. Implementation of EC legislation: The Committee will consider proposals from the Scottish Executive to implement EC legislation using section 57 (1) of the Scotland Act, specifically-

The End of Life Vehicles Directive (2000/53/EC); and

The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations (2003/87/EC).

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

Plans for a visit by a delegation from the Committee to attend a meeting of the Network of Regional Parliamentary European Committees, NORPEC (provisionally March 2004); and

Proposal for a visit by members of the Czech Parliament to Edinburgh (provisionally April 2004).

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

ECOFIN Council, 10 February;

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 23-24 February;

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 24 February;

Justice and Home Affairs Council, 19-20 February; and

Previous Councils

ECOFIN Council, 20 January 2004.

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

3 February 2004

5th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.

Justice 2 Committee

3 February 2004

5th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

2. Energy Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Energy Bill currently before the UK Parliament from-

Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice.

3. Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill currently before the UK Parliament from-

Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice.

4. Budget process 2005-6: The Committee will consider its approach to the budget process 2005-6.

5. Youth Justice Inquiry: The Committee will consider proposals for a seminar.

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

Local Government and Transport Committee

3 February 2004

4th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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-

Mr Andy Kerr, Minister for Finance and Public Services;

Tavish Scott, Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services;

Sarah Morrell, Head of the Local Democracy Team, Scottish Executive; and

Murray Sinclair, Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive.

3. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Communities Committee.

Justice 1 Committee

4 February 2004

5th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will consider its approach to the budget process 2005-6.

2. HM Young Offenders' Institution Polmont: Committee members will give an oral report of the Committee's recent joint visit with the Justice 2 Committee to HM Young Offenders' Institution Polmont.

3. Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Public Petitions Committee

4 February 2004

3rd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

2. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions-

PE704: UNISON Scotland's NHS Food for Good Charter. Simon Macfarlane, Lillian Macer and Raymond Marshall will make a brief statement in support of this petition.

PE643: Public consultation on proposed hospital closures. Dorothy-Grace Elder will make a brief statement in support of this petition.

PE702: Review of the Code of Conduct for Councillors 2003. James Milligan and Stewart Noble will make a brief statement in support of this petition.

PE685: Files that can and cannot be the subject of closure orders.

PE703: Amend the remit of the Historic Scotland to ensure that it is accountable for its decisions and responsive to the views of communities.

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

PE472: Adoption procedures.

PE504: Criminal memoirs.

PE557: Scottish Prison Service Social Clubs.

PE595: Pharmaceutical Industry in NHS psychiatric services.

PE625: Expert witness system.

PE652: Cullen Inquiry.

4. Work programme: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

4 February 2004

4th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

The Shetland Islands Regulated Fishery (Scotland) Variation Order 2003, (SSI 2004/1); and

The Ura Firth, Shetland Scallops Several Fishery Order 2004, (SSI 2004/5).

2. Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).

3. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its approach to the 2005-06 budget process in private at a future meeting.

Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee

5 February 2004

1st Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Proposed Amendment to the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine Railway and Linked Improvements Bill: The Committee will consider a paper from the promoter of the Bill and will take evidence from-

Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co.

 

 

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