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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.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—

Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2.

2. Executive responses: The Committee will consider Executive responses in relation to the following instruments—

the Drugs Assessor (Qualifications and Experience) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/8).

3. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

the Budget (Scotland) Act 2006 Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft); and

the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Minimum Frequency of Inspections) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft).

4. Draft Guidance subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005: Draft Guidance for Licensing Boards and Local Authorities, (SE/2007/9).

5. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—

the Food Hygiene (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/11);

the Prohibition of Fishing with Multiple Trawls (No. 2) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2007/13);

the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/14);

the Antisocial Behaviour (Fixed Penalty Offence) (Prescribed Area) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/15);

the Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004 (Prescribed Risks) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/16); and

the Tweed Regulation Order 2007, (SSI 2007/19).

6. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—

the Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/17).

Justice 1 Committee
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 5

1. Subordinate Legislation: Johann Lamont MSP (Deputy Minister for Justice) to move S2M-5417—

That the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 be approved.

2. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider a response from George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance, Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business on the following negative instrument—

the Police (Injury Benefit) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/610).

3. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).

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

the Prohibition of Fishing with Multiple Trawls (No. 2) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/602); and

the Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/1).

3. Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

John Swinney MSP, member in charge of the Bill; and

Scott Martin, solicitor.

4. Marine environment inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received for the inquiry in order to inform the drafting of its report.

Public Petitions Committee
2nd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

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

PE1020 Deceleration lane at Portlethen South junction off the A90. Councillor Paul J Melling will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of this petition.

PE1028 Contracts for water services. Mick Napier will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of this petition.

PE1031 Legislation relating to assisted suicide. Professor Donald Macdonald will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of this petition accompanied by Canon Donald Mackay and Rev Alex J MacDonald.

PE1013 Management of listed buildings – Rowallan Castle. Niall Campbell will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of this petition accompanied by John Simpson and John Campbell, QC.

PE1027 To increase public funding for bus services in the interests of social inclusion.

PE1029 Declaration of a public holiday known as "Independence day".

PE1030 To support an investigation into Chinese human rights abuses.

PE1021 The availability of solicitors prepared to act against other solicitors in cases of negligence or inadequate service.

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

PE743, PE822 and PE881 Same As You. The Committee will consider responses from the Cross Party Group on Learning Disability and the first petitioner.

PE767 Fatal Accident Inquiries. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE798 Provision of wheelchair services. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE808 Mental health services. The Committee will conisder a response from the Deputy Minister for Health.

PE837 and PE969 Small scale energy generation. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and the petitioners.

PE910 Study of Scottish history. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE929 Partial lead pipe replacement. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE950 Right to buy. The Committee will consider responses from the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland, Victim Support Scotland, a joint response from the Scottish Executive and Communities Scotland, and a response from the petitioner.

4. Witness Expenses (in private): The Committee will consider claims for expenses.

Meeting of the Parliament

2.30 pm Time for Reflection – Rev Murdo Maclean, Carmyle and Kenmuir Mount Vernon Churches, Glasgow

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill—

S2M-5478 Bill Butler: Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill.

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill – UK Legislation—

S2M-5427 Cathy Jamieson: Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 16 November 2006, (a) relating to the establishment of a new Tribunals Service and an Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council and (b) providing immunity from seizure for international works of art on loan to exhibitions in this country, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

followed by Business Motions—

S2M-5515 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 February 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Promotion of Tartan and Scotland’s Tartan Industry

followed by Debate on the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 8 February 2007

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, Transport and Lifelong Learning;
Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Stage 3 Debate: Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 14 February 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Debate: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 February 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Education, Tourism, Culture and Sport;
Finance and Public Services and Communities

2.55 pm Stage 3 Debate: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

S2M-5514 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 23 February 2007.

S2M-5516 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 16 February 2007.

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions—

S2M-5511 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Referral of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007 be considered by the Parliament.

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business:

Debate on the subject of—

S2M-5290 Murdo Fraser: 90th Anniversary of Passchendaele—That the Parliament notes that 31 July 2007 will mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele which was launched on 31 July 1917 and continued until the fall of Passchendaele village on 6 November 1917; notes that Passchendaele saw the biggest loss of life of any battle in the First World War with over half a million British, Commonwealth and German troops killed, wounded or missing; notes that the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 is currently planning a number of events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the battle, including unveiling a Celtic cross as a memorial to commemorate Scottish soldiers who took part in the battle; thanks all governments, organisations and individuals that have contributed towards commemorations planned and towards the memorial; welcomes the memorial as it will commemorate the Scottish regiments that played a pivotal role in the battle, which saw the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the Black Watch, the Cameronians, the Gordon Highlanders, the Highland Light Infantry, the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, the Royal Scots, the Scots Guards and the Seaforth Highlanders in combat for the United Kingdom, fighting with dignity, skill and honour in treacherous conditions, and believes that the Scottish Executive should mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele and contribute towards the commemorations.

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