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E: Written questions
F: Motions and Amendments
H: New Documents
I: Petitions lodged
K: Progress of Parliamentary business

Business Bulletin No. 130 / 2004

Wednesday 15 September 2004

Section A : Daily Business List

  

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.

Justice 1 Committee

28th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Not before 10.00 am

2. Inquiry into the effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes in prisons: The Committee will take evidence from—

Alec Spencer, Director of Rehabilitation and Care, Janice Hewitt, Head of Inclusion, and Dr Andrew Fraser, Head of Health, the Scottish Prison Service.

3. Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider further a draft Stage 1 report.

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee

2nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Marilyn Livingstone will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 7 and 8 in private.

3. Consideration of late objections: The Committee will consider a paper on late objections to the Bill.

4. Site Visit: The Committee will consider a paper proposing a site visit to the route of the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill.

5. Fact finding Visit: The Committee will consider a paper proposing a fact finding visit.

6. Evidence from the National Audit Office: The Committee will consider a paper on a joint meeting of the Edinburgh Tram (Line One) and Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committees, for the purpose of evidence taking from the National Audit Office.

7. Review of preliminary financial case: The Committee will consider a paper on tender specification for a review of the financial case and a list of potential tenderers.

8. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

Education Committee

19th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

1. Public petition PE233: The Committee will review the Technology Teachers Association petition, considered by the previous Education, Culture and Sport Committee, in the light of recent correspondence from the petitioners and the Scottish Executive.

2. School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Environment and Rural Development Committee

20th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 2

1. European issues: The Committee will consider an update from the Convener on European Issues.

2. Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC;

David Watson, Scottish Organiser - Unison, STUC;

Bobby Buirds, Regional Officer – Amicus, STUC;

Panel 2

Nigel Bromley, Chief Executive, Gemserv;

Ceri Jones, Regulation and Competition Director – Northumbrian Water, Water UK; and

Panel 3

Professor Alan Alexander, Chair, Scottish Water

Dr Jon Hargreaves, Chief Executive, Scottish Water

Douglas Millican, Finance Director, Scottish Water.

3. Dutch Presidency of the European Union and the priorities of the Scottish Executive: The Committee will take evidence on the priorities of the Scottish Executive as they relate to the Environment and Rural Development portfolio from—

Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

Communities Committee

24th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 4 and 5 in private.

3. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004: The Committee will consider the Scottish Executive’s draft guidance on the provisions in the Act.

4. The draft Charities and Trustees Investment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach in relation to pre-legislative work on the draft Bill.

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

Public Petitions Committee

13th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

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

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

PE758 Proposals for a statutory requirement on local authorities to employ Home Safety Officers. Jim Black, Chair, Home Safety Committee, Scottish Accident Prevention Council, will make a brief statement in support of his petition accompanied by Brian Topping, Vice Chair.

PE759 Displaying the names of judges serving on a judicial bench, recording of court proceedings and making such records available to the public. Robbie the Pict will make a brief statement in support of his petition.

PE763 Implementation of the Parliament’s Justice 1 Committee inquiry into the regulation of the legal profession. Julia Clarke on behalf of the Consumers’ Association will make a brief statement in support of her petition accompanied by Ajay Patel.

PE760 Provision and cost of electricity for Gypsy/Traveller sites and access to the Central Heating and Warm Deal Programme for people in mobile homes.

PE761 Declaration of membership of the Freemasons and other secret societies.

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

PE500 Increased payments to pensioners from the Scottish Transport Group Pension Funds. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and HM Treasury.

PE602 Proposals to allow local authorities to recover abandoned private sector properties. The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Communities, Shelter, the Empty Homes Agency and 20 local authorities.

PE644 Developing a more inclusive policy on domestic abuse. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE677 Improving the safety of shopworkers by promoting and resourcing Safer Shopping Partnerships. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE709 Inquiry into the health aspects and other devolved issues relating to Gulf War Syndrome. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Health and Community Care.

PE727 Immediate suspension of the tolls on the A87 between the Isle of Skye and mainland Scotland. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE733 Providing guidance to egg producers on relevant legislation regarding egg stamping. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE736 Legislative changes to ensure that impact on locality is taken into account when licences are granted for all ‘Houses of Multiple Occupation’. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive, City of Edinburgh Council, Glasgow City Council, Edinburgh University Accommodation Services and COSLA.

4. Proposed petitions: The Committee will consider the admissibility of the following proposed petitions—

Petition by Derek Cooney seeking a change in the law with regard to the appointment of Sheriffs in Scotland.

Petition by James Duff seeking a full inquiry as to why the Court of Session and the Court of Administration are refusing remedies.

5. Promoting the Public Petitions System: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk in relation to promoting the public petitions system.

6. Resubmission of petitions: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk in relation to seeking written evidence on the resubmission of petitions.

REVISED AT 2:15 pm

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Father John Bollan, from the Religious Education department at the University of Glasgow

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Debate on Finance Committee’s 6th Report 2004 – Relocation of Public Sector Jobs—

S2M-1672 Des McNulty on behalf of the Finance Committee: Relocation of Public Sector Jobs—That the Parliament notes the 6th Report 2004 (Session 2) of the Finance Committee, Report on the Relocation of Public Sector Jobs (SP Paper 189), which summarises the considerable evidence in support of the principle of relocation of public sector jobs, calls for greater transparency in the decision-making process associated with relocation, highlights the need for the objectives of the policy to be set out clearly and realistically, identifies lessons to be learnt from elsewhere and puts forward a number of recommendations for consideration and debate.

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-1686 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the International Criminal Court (Enforcement of Fines, Forfeiture and Reparation Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/360).

S2M-1687 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/370).

S2M-1688 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Freedom of Information (Fees for Disclosure under Section 13) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/376).

S2M-1689 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the draft Freedom of Information (Fees for Required Disclosure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

S2M-1690 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Nora Radcliffe be appointed to replace Margaret Smith on the Equal Opportunities Committee.

S2M-1691 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Alex Neil be appointed to replace Alasdair Morgan on the Enterprise and Culture Committee.

S2M-1692 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Roseanna Cunningham be appointed to replace Christine Grahame on the Health Committee.

S2M-1693 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Mr John Swinney be appointed to replace Richard Lochhead on the European and External Relations Committee.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-1579 Bill Butler: Citizens Advice Week—That the Parliament supports Advice Week from 6 to 13 September 2004; commends the vital work that Scotland's 77 citizens advice bureaux do in providing free, impartial and confidential advice to all; recognises that in the last year they handled over 400,000 issues and secured nearly £26m for clients; further recognises that such good quality advice on issues such as benefits, debt, employment, housing and consumer affairs is increasingly necessary in today's society; acknowledges that the use of client evidence means that citizens advice bureaux speak with authority and relevance on changing social issues from both a local and national perspective; congratulates the 2,193 volunteers and 329 paid members of staff who provide this service, and hopes that parliamentarians across the political spectrum can work together to ensure that the service will continue to inform government and meet the needs of local communities across Scotland in the years to come.

 

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