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Section A – Today’s Business

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 1 Committee
4th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

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

2. International Organisations Bill ( UK legislation): The Committee will take evidence on the Bill from—

Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice, Paul Cackette, Head of Civil Justice Division, and Daniel Jamieson, Policy Officer, Criminal Procedure Branch, the Scottish Executive.

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

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) ( Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/9); and

Part 1 Land Reform ( Scotland) Act 2003: Draft Guidance for Local Authorities and National Park Authorities (SE/2005/14) .

4. Family law reform: The Committee will consider whether to appoint an adviser in respect of forthcoming legislation to reform family law and, if so, will consider possible candidates for appointment.

5. Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences ( Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Bill at Stage 1.

6. Inquiry into the effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes in prisons (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Education Committee
4th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 5

1. Protection of Children ( Scotland) Act guidance: The Committee will be updated on the Scottish Executive’s guidance on the implementation of the Protection of Children ( Scotland) Act and take evidence from—

Euan Robson MSP, Deputy Minister for Children and Young People

Maureen Verrall, Head of Division, Children and Families, Scottish Executive

Louise Donnelly, Solicitor, Legal and Parliamentary Services, Scottish Executive.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
5th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Inquiry into climate change: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Dr Bob McIntosh, Director, Forestry Commission Scotland;

Professor Steve Albon, Head of Science, Macaulay Land Use Research Institute;

John Kinnaird, President, NFU Scotland;

Panel 2

Stephen Midgley, Project Officer, the Scottish Coastal Forum;

Lloyd Austin, Chair, Scottish Environment LINK;

Panel 3

Roddy Yarr, Environment Manager, BAA Scotland;

Jeff Gazzard, GreenSkies Alliance;

Phil Flanders, Director for Scotland, the Road Haulage Association; and

Colin Howden, Campaigns Manager, TRANSform Scotland.

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

the Potatoes Originating in Egypt ( Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/39).

3. Inquiry into climate change: The Committee will consider arrangements for future evidence sessions for this inquiry. 

Communities Committee
5th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 11.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Charities and Trustees Investment ( Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Bill at Stage 1.

Meeting of the Parliament

The Presiding Officer wishes to announce that, subject to the Parliament’s approval of Business Motion S2M-2400 set out below, today’s business will be as follows:

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Mr Rawdon Goodier, Zen Buddhist Lay Minister affiliated to Portobello Buddhist Priory

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-2400 Ms Margaret Curranon behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau : Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 February 2005—

Wednesday 9 February 2005

after,

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Budget ( Scotland) (No.2) Bill

insert, Ministerial Statement: Scottish Water’s Objectives

Thursday 10 February 2005

leave out,

3.00 pm Ministerial Statement: Scottish Water’s Objectives

S2M-2401 Ms Margaret Curranon behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau : Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 to 4 – 20 minutes

Group 5 – 40 minutes

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Water Services etc. ( Scotland) Bill

S2M-2349 Ross Finnie: Water Services etc. ( Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Water Services etc. ( Scotland) Bill be passed.

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Budget ( Scotland) (No.2) Bill—

S2M-2359 Mr Tom McCabe: Budget ( Scotland) (No.2) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget ( Scotland) (No.2) Bill be passed.

followed by Ministerial Statement: Scottish Water’s Objectives

followed by Business Motions—

S2M-2391 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau : Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that the timetable for consideration of the Preliminary Stage of the Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill be extended to 5 March 2005.

S2M-2399 Ms Margaret Curranon behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau : Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 23 February 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Fire ( Scotland) Bill

followed by Preliminary Stage Debate: Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill

followed by Motion on International Organisations Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 24 February 2005

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Green Party Debate: Energy Efficiency

followed by Scottish Green Party Business

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time—

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

General Questions

3.00 pm Procedures Committee Debate: 2nd Report 2005, Final Review of Oral Questions

followed by Standards Committee Debate: 1st Report 2005, Replacing the Members’ Interest Order

followed by Motion on Disability Discrimination Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 2 March 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Preliminary Stage Debate: Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 3 March 2005

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Socialist Party Business

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care;

General Questions

3.00 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-2389 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) ( Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/34) be approved.

S2M-2390 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005 be approved.

S2M-2394 Ms Margaret Curran 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 European Communities (Matrimonial and Parental Responsibility Jurisdiction and Judgments) ( Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/42).

S2M-2395 Ms Margaret Curran 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 Part 1 Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003: Draft Guidance for Local Authorities and National Park Authorities (SE/2005/14).

S2M-2396 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Community Reparation Orders (Requirements for Consultation and Prescribed Activities) ( Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/18).

S2M-2397 Ms Margaret Curran 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 Family Law (Scotland) Bill.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-2317 Nora Radcliffe: Responsible Deer Management—That the Parliament notes the collaborative work on responsible deer management being undertaken in Scotland and the vital role of deer management groups and their use of the Deer Commission for Scotland’s best practice guidance; acknowledges the importance of culling deer using such guidance to avoid poor condition of deer in late winter and unnecessary death by starvation or as a consequence of inadequate habitat and shelter to support them; notes the support of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in ensuring that culling is carried out professionally and humanely; recognises the contribution that sustainable deer management can make to sustaining rural development, with increased rural employment and public benefits such as habitat regeneration, enhanced biodiversity and reducing risk of road accidents; considers that deer management groups should take the issue forward constructively, implementing deer management planning and setting targets that can be monitored to ensure progress, and concludes that deer management groups should be supported by representation from wider public interests, including local community, recreational and conservation interests, which would be particularly useful during preparation and review of deer management plans.



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