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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.

Communities Committee

15th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1

Nick Fletcher, Policy & Public Affairs Officer, Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland;

Panel 2

Richard Hamer, Director, Ownership Options in Scotland;

Lynn Welsh, Head of Scottish Legal Affairs, Disability Rights Commission;

Megan Wilson, Principal Officer: Service Development, Sense Scotland, representative of Disability Agenda Scotland;

Grant Carson, Manager, Accessible Housing Solutions;

Panel 3

John Blackwood, Director, Scottish Association of Landlords;

Mike Stimpson, Chair, National Federation of Residential Landlords;

Eleanor Clark, HomePoint Co-ordinator, Communities Scotland;

Alasdair Seale, Vice President, Property Managers Association Scotland Ltd; and

Panel 4

Andrew Bradford, Leader of the Planning, Housing and Infrastructure Group, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association (SRPBA);

Stephen Vickers, Buccleuch Group’s Estate Manager, Bowhill, representing Scottish Estates Business Group (SEBG).

Environment and Rural Development Committee

13th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 4

1. Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Amanda Chisholm, Strategic Environmental Assessment Team Leader, Historic Scotland;

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

Neil Deasley, Principal Policy Officer, Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

2. Annual report: The Committee will consider its draft annual report for the parliamentary year 7 May 2004 to 6 May 2005.

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

the Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/216);

the Production of Bovine Collagen Intended for Human Consumption in the United Kingdom (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/218);

the Horse Passports (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/223); and

the Land Management Contracts (Menu Scheme) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/225).

4. Inquiry into rural development (in private): The Committee will consider options for proceeding with its inquiry.

5. Inquiry into climate change (in private): The Committee will consider a further draft report.

Justice 1 Committee

14th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 6

1. Family Law (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Dr Alison Elliot, Moderator, General Assembly of the Church of Scotland;

John Deighan, Parliamentary Officer, Roman Catholic Church;

Major Alan Dixon, Salvation Army Scotland; and

Reverend Alan Paterson, United Reformed Church.

Panel 2

Dr Gordon MacDonald, CARE for Scotland;

Vanessa Taylor, Policy and Equalities Officer, Scottish Inter-Faith Council;

Dianna Wolfson, Convener, Scottish Inter-Faith Council; and

Ephraim Borowski, Director, Scottish Council for Jewish Communities.

Panel 3

Maureen Lynch, Policy Consultant, Family Mediation Scotland; and

Carol Barrett, Director, Family Mediation Lothian.

Panel 4

Tim Hopkins, Legislation and Policy Worker, Equality Network.

Public Petitions Committee

8th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

PE840 Scottish Executive policy in relation to traffic calming measures. Judith McCrorie will make a brief statement in support of her petition, accompanied by James Page.

PE841 Amendment to the Fatal Accident and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976. Mr Pat Curran and Mrs Sandra Curran will make a brief statement in support of their petition, accompanied by Margaret Dekker.

PE836 Review of the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973 in relation to compensation for injured people. Ronald Conway will make a brief statement in support of his petition, accompanied by Pat Clark.

PE837 Fitting of small-scale energy generation equipment into all buildings in Scotland by the year 2020.

PE838 Review of Scottish Executive policy in relation to roads design standards and their publication and application across Scotland.

PE842 To review the use of chloramine disinfectant in the treatment of drinking water.

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

PE497 Legislation to alleviate the nuisance caused by high hedges. The Committee will consider a response from Scott Barrie MSP.

PE639 Storage and dispensing of NHS prescribed drugs in schools. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Patients Association; Educational Institute for Scotland and the Association for Head Teachers in Scotland.

PE766 Recovery of tax arrears in the Sheriff Court. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive; CBI Scotland; Inland Revenue; and the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland.

PE703 Review of Historic Scotland. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE715 & PE777 Funding for Scottish Opera. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive, Scottish Opera and BECTU Scotland.

PE754 Review of Local Government Finance. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE786 Installation of thermostatic mixing valves in the hot water systems of all new-build and renovated properties. The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Communities; the Scottish Building Standards Agency; Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation; and the Thermostatic Mixing Valve Manufacturers Association.

PE571 Implementation of Complementary Alternative Medicine by Health Boards in Scotland. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

3. Public Petitions Committee Equalities Report: The Committee will consider a paper by the clerk.

 

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Dr George Whyte, Minister of Colinton, Edinburgh

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: 4th Report 2005, Report on Private Legislation—

S2M-2764 Iain Smith on behalf of the Procedures Committee: 4th Report 2005 (Session 2) of the Procedures Committee, Report on Private Legislation—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 4th Report 2005 (Session 2), Private Legislation (SP Paper 334); agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from 12 May 2005, but agrees that new Rule 9A.1.4A shall not apply to any Bill introduced before 5 September 2005.

followed by Justice 1 Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2005, Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Rehabilitation in Prisons—

S2M-2762 Pauline McNeill on behalf of the Justice 1 Committee: 3rd Report 2005 (Session 2) of the Justice 1 Committee, Report on Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Rehabilitation in Prisons—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Justice 1 Committee’s 3rd Report 2005 (Session 2), Inquiry into the Effectiveness of Rehabilitation in Prisons (SP Paper 291).

followed by Business Motion—

S2M-2790 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 18 May 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Enterprise and Culture Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2005, Restructuring Scotland’s Tourism Industry: Report on the Review of Area Tourist Boards

followed by European and External Relations Committee Debate: 1st Report 2005, An Inquiry into the Promotion of Scotland Worldwide: The Strategy, Policy and Activities of the Scottish Executive

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 19 May 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Follow-up to the Audit Committee Report on Argyll and Clyde Health Board

9.45 am Executive Debate: Tackling Serious and Organised Crime - Developing Strategic Partnerships

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;

Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Voluntary Sector and the Social Economy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 25 May 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 26 May 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-2786 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-2367 Mrs Nanette Milne: Call for Action on the A90—That the Parliament notes with concern the number of road accidents on the A90 north of Aberdeen between Tipperty and Balmedie; further notes the significant number of new houses in and around the Ellon area which have added to the high volumes of traffic on this already congested road, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take action to upgrade this stretch of road as a matter of extreme urgency.



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