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I : Petitions Lodged
K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 150/2004

Monday 25 October 2004

Section C : Agendas of Committee Meetings

  

Procedures Committee

26 October 2004

13th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Private Bills: The Committee will take oral evidence from—

Margaret Curran MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business, Colin Miller, Head of Constitution Unit, Damian Sharp, Public Transport Major Infrastructure Team, Murray Sinclair, Head of Constitution & Parliamentary Secretariat and Andrew McNaughton, Parliamentary Liaison Unit, Scottish Executive

and will identify other prospective witnesses.

2. Commissioner for Public Appointments: The Committee will consider a possible structure and timescale for the inquiry and identify prospective witnesses.

3. Commissioner for Public Appointments - witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsibility for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses in the inquiry.

4. Timescales and Stages of Bills: The Committee will consider final outstanding issues raised in the inquiry.

5. Timescales and Stages of Bills (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report and standing order changes.

Audit Committee

26 October 2004

18th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 6, 7, 8 and 9 in private.

2. Scottish Prison Service: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Scottish Prison Service: Contract for the provision of prisoner escort and court custody services" (AGS/2004/10).

3. NHS Overview 8th Committee Report: The Committee will consider a follow-up response from the Scottish Executive to its 8th Report 2004 entitled "Overview of the National Health Service in Scotland 2002-03".

4. AGS Section 22 Reports: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on section 22 reports by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "The 2002/03 Audit of the National Library of Scotland", "The 2003/04 Audit of the Scottish Prison Service", "The 2003/04 Audit of Argyll and Clyde Health Board" and "The 2003/04 Audit of Lanarkshire Health Board".

5. National Fraud Initiative: The Committee will receive a briefing from Audit Scotland on the National Fraud Initiative introduced in Scotland.

6. Scottish Prison Service: The Committee will consider its approach to the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Scottish Prison Service: Contract for the provision of prisoner escort and court custody services" (AGS/2004/10).

7. NHS Performance Overview: The Committee will further consider its approach to the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "An Overview of the Performance of the NHS in Scotland" (AGS2004/4).

8. AGS Section 22 Reports: The Committee will consider its approach to the section 22 reports by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "The 2002/03 Audit of the National Library of Scotland", "The 2003/04 Audit of the Scottish Prison Service", "The 2003/04 Audit of Argyll and Clyde Health Board" and "The 2003/04 Audit of Lanarkshire Health Board".

9. Commissioning Community Care Services for Older People and Management of Community Equipment: The Committee will further consider its approach to the reports by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Commissioning Community Care Services for Older People" (AGS/2004/8) and "Adapting to the future: management of community equipment and adaptations" (AGS/2004/9).

Finance Committee

26 October 2004

26th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will consider papers by the Budget Adviser on the Draft Budget and the Guidance to Subject Committees.

2. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will take evidence from—

Ailsa McKay; Irene Graham; and Kay Simpson, Scottish Women’s Budget Group.

3. Scrutiny of Financial Memoranda: The Committee will consider a paper regarding the Committee’s approach to scrutinising the Financial Memorandum of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill.

4. European Issues: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk on how to handle European issues which fall within its remit

Subordinate Legislation Committee

26 October 2004

28th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2004, (draft).

2. Instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/435);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Diaerrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (East Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/436); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.12) (Scotland) Order, (SSI 2004/447).

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

the Building (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/428);

the Mental Health (Advance Statements) (Prescribed Class of Persons) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/429);

the Mental Health (Patient Representation) (Prescribed Persons) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/430);

the Genetically Modified Food (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/432);

the Genetically Modified Animal Feed (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/433);

the International Criminal Court (Enforcement of Fines, Forfeiture and Reparation Orders) (Scotland) (Revocation) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/437);

the Genetically Modified Organisms (Traceability and Labelling) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/438);

the Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/439);

the Plant Health (Great Britain) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/440);

the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 (Transfer of Functions to the Accountant in Bankruptcy) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/448); and

the Avian Influenza (Survey Powers) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/453).

4. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Irish Sea) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2004, (SSI 2004/446).

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

Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules Amendment No.4) (Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2004) 2004, (SSI 2004/434); and

the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No.5) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/451).

Standards Committee

26 October 2004

11th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

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

3. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider an application to establish a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Lupus.

4. Forward work programme: The Committee will agree the priorities for its forward work programme.

5. Replacing the Members’ Interests Order: The Committee will consider responses to its consultation document, ‘Consultation Paper on Replacing the Members’ Interests Order (SP Paper 203)’.

6. Scottish Parliament and Business Exchange: The Committee will consider the report made to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body in September 2004.

7. Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act: The Committee will consider the disclosure of information.

Enterprise and Culture Committee

26 October 2004

22nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

2. Arts in the Community inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Patricia Ferguson MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport;

John Mason, Head of Tourism, Culture and Sport Group, Scottish Executive Education Department; and

Angela Saunders, National Cultural Strategy Unit, Scottish Executive Education Department.

3. Scottish Executive’s 2005/06 budget proposals: The Committee will take evidence from—

Patricia Ferguson MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport; and

Joe Brown, Scottish Executive Education Department.

4. Scottish Executive’s 2005/06 budget proposals: The Committee will take evidence from—

Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning;

Mark Batho, Head of Lifelong Learning Group, Scottish Executive Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department;

Graeme Dickson, Head of Enterprise and Industrial Affairs Group, Scottish Executive Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department;

Jane Morgan, Head of Enterprise Networks Division, Scottish Executive Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department;

Chris McCrone, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Team Leader, Scottish Executive Finance and Central Services Department.

  1. Scottish Executive’s 2005/06 budget proposals: The Committee will consider key issues for its stage 2 report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Executive’s 2005/06 budget proposals.

European and External Relations Committee

26 October 2004

17th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Promoting Scotland worldwide - an Inquiry into the external relations policy, strategy and activities of the Scottish Executive: The Committee will hear from–

As a panel

Ken Miller, Head of Marketing, sportscotland;

David Williams, Chief Executive, EventScotland;

Alasdair Russell, Head of Marketing, Scottish Rugby Union; and

Sandra Kinnear, Chairperson, Scottish Women’s Rugby Union.

2. Reporter’s Inquiry into the Decision of the European Commission in the case of Ryanair and Charleroi Airport: The Committee will consider the response from the Scottish Executive to its Reporter’s Report (by Mr Gallie MSP).

3. Convener’s report: The Convener will update the Committee on the–

Letter received from the Scottish Executive on the UK Presidency of the EU and the involvement of the Scottish Executive;

Letter received from the Scottish Executive on the review of the concordats between the UK Government and the Scottish Executive;

Letter received from the European Commission on its proposed Financial Perspective (2007-2013); and

Letter received from the Scottish Executive on its EU Office.

4. 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

Justice and Home Affairs, 25 October;

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 2 November;

Education, Youth and Culture Council, 15 November;

ECOFIN Council, 16 November; and

Previous Councils

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 13 September;

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 20 September;

Competitiveness Council, 24 September;

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 4 October;

Transport Council, 7 October.

5. Transposition and implementation of EU legislation in Scotland: The Committee will consider an update from the Scottish Executive.

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

26 October 2004

23rd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Subordinate legislation: Rhona Brankin MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, to move the following motions—

S2M-1809— That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.4) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/417) be approved;

S2M-1810— That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.11) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/418) be approved;

S2M-1871—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/435) be approved;

S2M-01872—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/436) be approved; and

S2M-1873That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.12) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/447) be approved.

2. Workforce planning inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Tony Wildsmith, Council Member, Royal College of Anaesthetists;

Dr Mairi Scott, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland;

Professor Graham Teasdale, President, Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow;

Panel 2

Dr Bill O’Neill, Scottish Secretary, British Medical Association;

Professor Peter Rubin, Chair, Education Committee, General Medical Council;

David Currie, Consultant Neurosurgeon, NHS Consultants Association; and

Panel 3

Dr Lesley Holdsworth, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Scotland, Allied Health Professions Forum Scotland;

Steven Moore, Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Allied Health Professions Forum Scotland;

Marc Seale, Chief Executive and Registrar, Health Professions Council.

3. Proposed Dentists Act (Amendment) Order 2004: The Committee will take evidence from—

Ray Watkins, Chief Dental Officer; and

Dr Hew Matheson, President, General Dental Council.

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

the Miscellaneous Food Additives Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/413); and

the Feeding Stuffs Sampling and Analysis) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/414).

Justice 2 Committee

26 October 2004

28th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Declaration of interests: New members of the committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a new Deputy Convener.

3. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 6 in private and whether to take in private any future consideration of the Fire (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 Report.

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

The Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Amendment Order 2004 (SSI 2004/400); and

The Victim Notification (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/411).

5. Youth Justice Inquiry: The Committee will consider written evidence received and consider how to proceed with the inquiry.

6. Fire (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.

Local Government and Transport Committee

26 October 2004

22nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Inquiry into issues arising from the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001: The Committee will take evidence from—

Charlie Mullen, Managing Director, Strathtay Buses;

Jim Gardner, Commercial Manager, Strathtay Buses;

Clare Kavanagh, Director of Performance, London Buses;

Joan Aitken, Scottish Traffic Commissioner;

Sharon McNair, Deputy Director, Office of the Scottish Traffic Commissioner;

Lesley Millar, Chair, Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers (Scotland);

David Taylor, Vice-Chair, Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers (Scotland); and

Roy Mitchell, Chair, Bus Sub-Committee, Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers (Scotland).

Education Committee

27 October 2004

21st Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 6

1. Youth organisations: The Committee will consider a response from the Minister.

2. Children’s Hearings: The Committee will be updated on the progress of the Scottish Executive’s review of Children’s Hearings.

3. Disclosure Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Cliff Anderson, Deputy Director, Scottish Criminal Record Office; and

Brian Gorman, Manager, Disclosure Scotland.

Communities Committee

27 October 2004

26th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose a new convener.

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

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

the Fireworks (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/393).

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the following negative instruments—

the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/406) and

the Building (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2204/428);

from—

Panel 1

Douglas Fergus, General Manager, Scottish Building;

Charles McFadyen, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS);

Angus Macdonald, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS);

Panel 2

Sue Bush, President and Robert Renton, Vice President, Scottish Association of Building Standards Mangers (SABSM);

Adair Lewis and Ian Targett, Fire Protection Association (FPA);

Harry Frew, Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT); and

Panel 3

Dr Paul Stollard, Chief Executive, and Jeff Carter, Head of Legislation and Procedures, Scottish Building Standards Agency, Scottish Executive.

6. Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive in relation to draft guidance on the provisions in the Act.

7. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will consider its approach to its scrutiny of the Scottish Executive’s budget for 2005-06 at Stage 2 of the budget process.

Justice 1 Committee

27 October 2004

32nd Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Declaration of interests: Mary Mulligan will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Subordinate legislation: Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice, to move the following motion—

S2M-1874 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Maximum Number of Judges (Scotland) Order 2004— That the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft Maximum Number of Judges (Scotland) Order 2004 be approved.

4. Emergency Workers (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider further its approach to stage 2 of the Bill.

Public Petitions Committee

27 October 2004

16th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

PE766 Amending procedures in the recovery of tax arrears to improve debtor involvement. James Mackie will make a brief statement in support of his petition.

PE773 Introducing screening for heart disorders, including cardiomyopathy. Wilma Gunn will make a brief statement in support of her petition accompanied by Professor W. Stewart Hillis and Brian Carlin.

PE779 Removal of charitable status from the Jewish National Fund Charitable Trust in Scotland. Ivan Clark will make a brief statement in support of his petition accompanied by Anita Shanley and Hugh Mackay.

PE775 Prohibiting artificial water fluoridation of the public water supply in Scotland.

PE776 Investigating new arrangements for out-of-hours medical services in remote rural communities, such as Braemar.

PE777 Safeguarding the future of Scottish Opera by ensuring adequate funding to maintain a full-time chorus.

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

PE482 Exposure of police officers to potential risks of blood contamination. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE507 Reviewing the current system on the adoption of roads and pavements by local authorities.

PE563 Maintenance of unadopted roads and footpaths within village boundaries. The Committee will consider a response from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

PE536 Offering advice to the Palestinian legislature and institutions. The Committee will consider responses from the Presiding Officer and the British Council, Scotland.

PE631 Investigating the effects of neuroleptic and similar drugs to children in later life.

PE638 Prescription of vitamin supplements in the treatment of children with nutritional imbalances.

PE639 Investigating the storage and dispensing of NHS prescribed drugs in schools.

PE640 Prohibiting the prescription of neuroleptic and similar drugs to children.

PE663 Providing support and information services to parents of children with learning difficulties and behavioural problems. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE676 Ensuring the availability of mercury-free vaccinations as part of the childhood immunisation programme in Scotland. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Health and Community Care.

PE706 Recognising, diagnosing and treating the medical condition Pyroluria. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE715 Ensuring Scottish Opera has adequate resources to maintain a full range of operatic provision. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and Scottish Opera.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

27 October 2004

24th Meeting, 2004

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee will take evidence from Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

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

the Controlled Waste (Fixed Penalty Notices) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/426); and

the Litter (Fixed Penalty Notices) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/427).

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

 

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