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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
39th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

1.   Family Law (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 6).

2.   Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill: The Committee will consider whether to receive a briefing in private at its next meeting from Professor Jim Murdoch, Committee Adviser on the Bill, and Sarah Harvie-Clark and Murray Earle, Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).  The Committee will also consider whether to consider the main themes arising from future evidence sessions on the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill in private, in order to inform the drafting of its Stage 1 report.

3.   Committee debate in Chamber: The Committee will consider whether to seek time in the Chamber for a Committee debate.

Education Committee
22nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1.   Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

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

the Teachers Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/543)

3.   Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Jennifer Wallace, Policy Manager, Education, Housing and Local Government, Scottish Consumer Council

4.   Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will further consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
31st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1.   Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a further draft report.

Not before 11.00 am

2.   Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1
Robin Anderson, President, Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland;
Andy McGowan, Industry Development Manager, Quality Meat Scotland;
George Milne, Secretary, Scottish Region, National Sheep Association;
Eddie Harper, Chairperson, Livestock Group, Road Haulage Association;

Panel 2
Nigel Miller, Chairman, Livestock Committee, NFU Scotland;
Jackie McCreery, Legal Adviser, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association; and
Professor Stuart Reid, Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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

the Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Control Measures) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2005, (SSI 2005/552);
the Plant Health Fees (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/555); and
the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/569).

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection - Rev Alastair H. Symington, Troon Old Parish Church

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-3627 Mr Andy Kerr: Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Business Motion—

S2M-3655 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 December 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by Executive Debate: Violence Against Women

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 8 December 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: First Anniversary of the Criminal Justice Plan

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: Future Arrangements for Health Services in the Argyll and Clyde Areas

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 14 December 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 15 December 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Family Law (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Family Law (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-3650 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2005 be approved.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-3473 Maureen Macmillan: Outsourcing of Rail Call Centre Jobs from Vertex Call Centre, Dingwall—That the Parliament notes with concern the issuing of the 90-day notices to the 200-plus workforce at the Vertex Call Centre in Dingwall; notes that the loss of these jobs will have a major impact on this small Highland town; further notes that these jobs have been put in jeopardy by the decision of TheTrainline, a company which has Virgin Trains as its major shareholder, to move the contract outwith the European Union, in spite of Virgin Trains being in receipt of substantial amounts of UK taxpayers’ money; supports the campaign of the Transport Salaried Staff’s Association on behalf of the call centre workers who are a highly skilled and loyal workforce, and believes that the Scottish Executive should consider what influence it can exert to reverse TheTrainline’s decision or assist Vertex in finding a new contract.

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