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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.

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee
10th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Proposed Alternative Alignments: The Committee will consider a paper on preliminary consideration of objections and the adequacy of the supplementary accompanying documents for the proposed amendments to the Bill.

2. Consideration Stage: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Consideration Stage from—

Group 30: Stakis Limited

Promoter’s witnesses—

Richard Mansfield, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

John Hyde, Noise and Vibration Consultant, Faber Maunsell

Michael Onanda, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

Ian Kendall, Tram Project Director, Tram Line 2

Objector’s witnesses—

Michael Squire, General Manager, Hilton Hotel

Alan Bateman, Ryden, Building Surveyor

Tim Bunker, Ryden, Chartered Surveyor

Group 37: Edinburgh Airport Limited

Promoter’s witnesses—

Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

Geoff Duke, Project Manager, Tram Line 2

Rahul Bijlani, Lawyer, Bircham Dyson Bell

Richard Mansfield, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

Jim Harries, Transdev Project Engineer, Edinburgh Tram Ltd

Objector’s witnesses—

Anne Follin, Planning and Development Manager, Edinburgh Airport Ltd

Martin Heffer, Surface Access Strategy Manager, BAA plc

Standards and Public Appointments Committee
9th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Complaint against Karen Gillon MSP: The Committee will announce its decision at Stage 3 on a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

3. Complaint against David McLetchie MSP: The Committee will announce its decision at Stage 3 on a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

4. Complaint against Karen Gillon MSP: The Committee will consider its draft report.

5. Complaint against David McLetchie MSP: The Committee will consider its draft report.

Education Committee
15th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. School closure policy: The Committee will be updated on the Scottish Executive’s policy.

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

the Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/393)

and take evidence from—

Christine Marr, Scottish Public Pensions Agency

3. Pupil Motivation Inquiry: The Committee will consider a draft report.

4. Work programme: The Committee will agree its future work programme.

Justice 1 Committee
26th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

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

2. Proposed Human Rights Commission (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to appoint an adviser in respect of forthcoming legislation to create a Scottish Human Rights Commission. The Committee will also decide whether to consider possible candidates for appointment in private at a future meeting.

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

Panel 1

Claudia Martin, Scottish Centre for Social Research,

Panel 2

Alan Finlayson OBE, Child Law Consultant; and

Joyce Lugton, Scottish Executive Civil Law Division.

4. Family Law (Scotland) Bill - Committee Adviser: The Committee will consider whether to request that the contract for its Adviser be extended.

Communities Committee
21st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a briefing on the ‘Provision of information on sale of house’ issue from—

David Rogers, Private Sector and Affordable Housing Policy Division and Archie Stoddart, Housing Bill Team, Scottish Executive and Neil Ferguson, Single Survey Team, Communities Scotland.

2. Planning: The Committee will consider a briefing on the Scottish Executive’s White Paper on ‘Modernising the planning system’ from—

Malcolm Chisholm MSP, Minister for Communities.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
22nd Meeting, 2005

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. Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

3. Work programme: The Committee will consider its future work programme.

4. Inquiry into climate change: The Committee will consider the response to its inquiry report from the Scottish Executive and arrangements for the scheduled Chamber debate on the report.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Clyde and Hebrides Lifeline Ferry Services—

S2M-3253 Tavish Scott: Clyde and Hebrides Lifeline Ferry Services—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s further detailed consideration of the EU requirements relating to the Clyde and Hebrides lifeline ferry services; notes the serious consequences of these services not being compatible with the regulations; recognises the Executive’s commitment to secure the continued employment of the Caledonian MacBrayne workforce and the protection of their terms, conditions and pension rights, and acknowledges that the tendering of the Clyde and Hebrides lifeline ferry services is required to protect these vital services.

The Presiding Officer has selected the following amendments

S2M-3253.3 Fergus Ewing: Clyde and Hebrides Lifeline Ferry Services—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3253) in the name of Tavish Scott, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes that the Minister for Transport and Telecommunications has stated that the tender process which he supports will result in extra cost to the taxpayer and believes that the Scottish Executive’s tender proposals may put employment and pension rights at risk, whilst not resulting in any improvement to ferry services for the Clyde and Hebrides; believes that documents published by the Executive on 12 September 2005 should be considered further but that as they stand the tender proposals are flawed, and calls on the Executive to remit the matter to the Local Government and Transport Committee with a view to the appointment of a task force to give final consideration to the question as to whether tendering is the sole method of satisfying the legal requirements and, insofar as possible, to devise solutions to the flaws contained in the Executive’s current proposals."

S2M-3253.2 Mr David Davidson: Clyde and Hebrides Lifeline Ferry Services—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3253) in the name of Tavish Scott, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "believes that the proposed tendering of the entire Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) network as a single bundle will be a costly, disruptive and bureaucratic exercise which shall do nothing whatsoever to improve ferry services; further believes that there is scope for significant efficiency savings and improvements to the network and that tendering of any routes must be genuinely open to any operator who can ensure the best possible value for the taxpayer and ferry users; rejects the Scottish Executive’s implied assumption that no routes currently operated by CalMac could be run on a commercial basis, and, in light of this, calls on the Executive to issue proposals for smaller route bundles to attract commercial interest which could lead to efficiency savings and improvements to services."

S2M-3253.1 Tommy Sheridan: Clyde and Hebrides Lifeline Ferry Services—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3253) in the name of Tavish Scott, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "opposes the proposals of the Scottish Executive to put the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services out to tender as it views these proposals as unnecessary, unacceptable and in conflict with the need to defend lifeline services and the jobs of those who work in these services."

followed by Finance Committee Motions: The Budget Process (Written Agreements)—

S2M-3234 Des McNulty on behalf of the Committee: Budget Process (Written Agreements)—That the Parliament notes the two written agreements on the budgeting process between the Finance Committee and (a) the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and (b) the Scottish Commission for Public Audit (SP Papers 399 and 400 respectively) and agrees their terms.

S2M-3235 Des McNulty on behalf of the Committee: Budget Process (Written Agreements)—That the Parliament notes the three written agreements on the budgeting process between the Finance Committee and the Scottish Executive on the budgeting process (SP Paper 398) and agrees their terms.

followed by Business Motion—

S2M-3275 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 21 September 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Environment and Rural Development Committee Debate: 5th Report, 2005, Inquiry into Climate Change

followed by Standards and Public Appointments Committee Debate: 6th Report, 2005, Draft Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 22 September 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Green Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Report of the Cultural Commission

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 28 September 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 29 September 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Justice 2 Committee Debate: 9th Report, 2005, Inquiry into Youth Justice

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers;

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-3255 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) (No. 5) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/379) be approved.

S2M-3256 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) (No. 6) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/384) be approved.

S2M-3257 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) (No. 7) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/391) be approved.

S2M-3258 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) (No. 8) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/410) be approved.

S2M-3259 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/415) be approved.

S2M-3260 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Mr David Davidson be appointed to replace Mr Ted Brocklebank as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Audit Committee.

S2M-3261 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Alex Johnstone be appointed to replace John Scott as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Communities Committee.

S2M-3262 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Bill Aitken be appointed as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Equal Opportunities Committee.

S2M-3263 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Derek Brownlee be appointed to replace Murdo Fraser as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the European and External Relations Committee.

S2M-3264 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that John Scott be appointed as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Finance Committee.

S2M-3265 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Murray Tosh be appointed as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Local Government and Transport Committee.

S2M-3266 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Murdo Fraser be appointed to replace Murray Tosh as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Procedures Committee.

S2M-3267 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Ted Brocklebank be appointed to replace Alex Johnstone as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

S2M-3268 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as lead committee and that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee be designated as secondary committee in consideration of the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2005.

S2M-3269 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as lead committee and that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee be designated as secondary committee in consideration of the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2005.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-3219 John Farquhar Munro: Future of Crofting—That the Parliament recognises the importance of crofting to the social and economic life of the Highlands and Islands and wishes to see the continuation of sustainable crofting communities; shares the concerns of crofting communities, such as those in Skye and Lochalsh and throughout the crofting counties, regarding the threat to crofting communities from the lack of action by the Crofters Commission over the decrofting of land and sale of crofts, and from absentee crofters and dereliction; believes that crofting tenancies should not be sold on the open market which is currently allowing local people to be outbid by those with no understanding of, or long-term commitment to, crofting and the crofting community, and further believes that if this continues it will, in a generation, lead to the end of crofting in everything but name.

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