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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
22nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Subordinate legislation: Johann Lamont MSP, Deputy Minister for Communities, to move the following motion—

S2M-3182 Johann Lamont: The Draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005—That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 be approved.

3. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee
11th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Late witness statements: The Committee will consider a paper by the clerk.

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

Group 51: West Edinburgh Residents Trams Action Group (WERTAG)

Promoter’s witnesses—

Richard Mansfield, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

John Hyde, Noise and Vibration Consultant, Faber Maunsell

Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

James Truscott, Technical Expert, ASH

Archibald Brown Rintoul, Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Barry Cross, Depute Tram Project Director, tie

Objector’s witness—

Jacky McKinney, WERTAG

Group 52: Miss H Reynolds

Promoter’s witnesses—

Richard Mansfield, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

James Truscott, Technical Expert, ASH

John Hyde, Noise and Vibration Consultant, Faber Maunsell

Archibald Brown Rintoul, Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Objector’s witness—

Miss H Reynolds

3. Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider evidence taken during the day.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
23rd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Subordinate Legislation Committee on its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland.

Justice 1 Committee
27th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

Mary Lockhart, Media and Public Affairs Worker, Scottish Women’s Aid;

Heather Coady, National Children’s Rights Worker, Scottish Women’s Aid; and

Louise Johnson, Legal Issues Worker, Scottish Women’s Aid.

2. Consideration of petition PE763: The Committee will consider petition PE763 on the regulation of the legal profession.

3. Consideration of issues relating to closed petition PE14: The Committee will consider correspondence received in relation to closed petition PE14 on security of tenure.

Public Petitions Committee
14th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

PE880 Petition by Iain D Skene on behalf of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Association of Burns Clubs – local authority democratic accountability and accessibility of local elected representatives. Iain Skene will make a brief statement in support of the petition accompanied by Iain Shaw.

PE884 Petition by Sandra Clarkson, on behalf of Prestwick Marine Neighbourhood Watch, calling for amendment to the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Sandra Clarkson will make a brief statement in support of the petition accompanied by Joan O’Donnell.

PE866 Petition by James Kelly calling on the Scottish Parliament to consider and debate the need for an independent body to be set up within Scotland to investigate claims of medical negligence. James Kelly will make a brief statement in support of the petition accompanied by Patrick McKay and Mary Milligan.

PE879 Petition by Joyce Kinnear calling on the Scottish Parliament to support the campaign for a National Dance Hall in the city of Edinburgh.

PE883 Petition by Marianne Scobie, on behalf of Glasgow Disability Alliance, calling for the Scottish Parliament to revoke the powers granted to local authorities under Section 87 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 to charge for Community Care Services.

PE881 Petition by Rachel Cole to review the findings of "Same as You" and ensure those with profound and complex needs are properly provided for.

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

PE743 Review the implementation of "Same As You" A Review of Services for People with Learning Disabilities; and

PE822 To ensure that sufficient funding is made available to allow the implementation of "Same as You, A Review of Services for People with Learning Disabilities" so that all people with learning disabilities have a choice of living at home.

The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Health and Community Care, the Minister for Communities and Highland NHS Board.

PE801 To establish a permanent National Heritage Committee and to ensure the protection of the whole Cramond area’s environment. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE738 European Commission - Food Supplements Directive; and

PE828 Implementation of the Food Supplements (Scotland) Regulations 2003. The Committee will consider a response from the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care.

PE809 To legislate to provide third parties with a right of appeal regarding planning applications. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE733 To provide guidance to egg producers in Scotland on relevant legislation relating to egg stamping and whether it is compatible with the provision of the EU Council Decision 94/371/EC. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE871 Support for peaceful protest during the G8 summit.

PE874 To lobby the G8 summit on the issue of world poverty.

The Committee will consider the progress of these petitions.

PE815 Education Maintenance Allowance payments. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE675 To investigate the suitability of HMP Peterhead for the long-term imprisonment of convicted sex offenders. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Prison Service.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Monsignor John Tormey, Parish Priest of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Greenock

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

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

S2M-3293 Sarah Boyack on behalf of the Environment and Rural Development Committee: Report on Inquiry into Climate Change—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Environment and Rural Development Committee’s 5th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Report on Inquiry into Climate Change (SP Paper 342).

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

S2M-3286 Brian Adam on behalf of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee: 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2) of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, Draft Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland—That the Parliament agrees that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee’s 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2): Draft Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland (SP Paper 410), together with the Official Report of the Parliament’s debate on the report, should form the Parliament’s response to the consultation by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.

followed by Business Motions—

S2M-3316 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 September 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Preliminary Stage Debate: Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill

followed by Executive Debate: Membership of the Committee of the Regions

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

12.30 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers;

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

1.10 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 5 October 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 6 October 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—

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S2M-3309 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 30 November 2005.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-3301 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Definition of Specified Person: Correspondence) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

S2M-3302 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Absconding by mentally disordered offenders) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

S2M-3303 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Use of Telephones) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

S2M-3304 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2005 be approved.

S2M-3305 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Safety and Security) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

S2M-3306 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Cross-border transfer: patients subject to detention requirement or otherwise in hospital) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

S2M-3307 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations be approved.

S2M-3308 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Scotland) Order 2005 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-3155 Mr John Swinney: Accident Record on the A9—That the Parliament notes with concern the statistics recently published by the Scottish Executive that show that 82 fatalities occurred on the A9 in the last five years; recognises that this is the highest number of fatalities for any trunk road in Scotland; notes the local concern at the delays that have occurred in undertaking promised junction improvements at Ballinluig and Bankfoot in Perthshire, and recognises that, even when these improvements are made, the road will remain fundamentally unsafe until it is reconstructed as a dual carriageway from Perth to Inverness.

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