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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.

Audit Committee
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 6, 7 and 8 in private. The Committee will also consider whether to take consideration of its draft annual report in private at its next meeting.

2. Ward Nursing: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Planning ward nursing – legacy or design? a follow-up report" (AGS/2007/1).

3. Teaching Profession: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive on its 7th report 2006 entitled "A mid-term report – a first stage review of the cost and implementation of the teachers’ agreement a Teaching Profession for the 21st Century".

4. Audit Scotland Forward Work Programme: The Committee will consider Audit Scotland’s Programme of Performance Audits 2007/08.

5. Responses to AGS Reports: The Committee will consider responses to the following reports by the Auditor General for Scotland—

Informed to Care – Managing IT to deliver information in the NHS in Scotland;

Catering for patients: A follow-up report;

Overview of the financial performance of the NHS in Scotland 2005/06;

The Efficient Government Initiative: A Progress Report; and

The 2005/06 Audit of the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency.

6. Consideration of Approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Planning ward nursing – legacy or design? a follow-up report" (AGS/2007/1).

7. Review of Community Planning Partnerships: The Committee will consider a draft report for its inquiry into the AGS report entitled "Community Planning: an initial review" (AGS/2006/7).

8. Legacy paper: The Committee will consider its draft Legacy paper for the successor Audit Committee in the next session of the Scottish Parliament.

9. Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments, Agencies and NDPBs (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the AGS report entitled "Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments, Agencies and NDPBs" (AGS/2006/9).

Communities Committee
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Subordinate Legislation Committee
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Legislative consent memorandum: The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Serious Crime Bill.

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

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

the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority (Constitution, Membership and Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2007/23);

the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No. 2 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/26); and

the Sulphur Content of Liquid Fuels (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/27).

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

the Business Improvement Districts (Ballot Arrangements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Gambling Act 2005 (Mandatory and Default Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 (Modification of Agency’s Powers and Incidental Provision) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Representation of the People (Post-Local Government Elections Supply and Inspection of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Representation of the People (Postal Voting for Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Notification Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft); and

the Town and Country Planning (Marine Fish Farming) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft).

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

the Contaminants in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/29);

the Licensing Register (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/33);

the Licence Transfer (Prescribed Persons) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/34);

the Licensing (Closure Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/35);

the Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Areas and Rateable Value Limits) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2007/36);

the Notification of Marketing of Food for Particular Nutritional Uses (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/37);

the Sea Fishing (Prohibition on the Removal of Shark Fins) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/39);

the Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/40);

the Registration of Civil Partnerships (Prescription of Forms, Publicisation and Errors) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/53);

the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Re-registration) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/54);

the Smoke Control Areas (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/55); and

the Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/56).

5. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Radioactivity in Sheep) Partial Revocation (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/38).

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

the Tourist Boards (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/47);

the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/49);

the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No. 5) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/50); and

the Registration Services (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/52).

7. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report.

Standards and Public Appointments Committee
1st Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Code of Conduct for MSPs: The Committee will consider next steps in its review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs.

3. Legacy Paper: The Committee will consider next steps in its review of the Code of Conduct.

4. Complaint: The Committee will undertake its initial consideration of a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Commissioner.

Education Committee
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Justice 1 Committee
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 3

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

Enterprise and Culture Committee
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Creative Scotland and the creative industries: The Committee will take evidence from—

Patricia Ferguson MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Greig Chalmers, Head of National Cultural Delivery Unit, Heather Jack, Head of Cultural Policy Division, Greg Allan, Head of Enterprise Strategy and Local Economic Development, Scottish Executive.

2. Globalisation and the impact on the environment and the Scottish economy - Young’s Seafood’s in Annan and NCR: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Transport and General Workers’ Union and a briefing paper from the clerk.

3. Legacy paper: The Committee will consider a draft paper.

4. Business in the Parliament Conference: The Committee will consider plans for a future conference.

Justice 2 Committee
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Custodial Sentences and Weapons (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 Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/14); and

the Police Grant (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/24).

Local Government and Transport Committee
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Subordinate legislation: Mr Brian Monteith to move S2M-5541—

that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/2).

2. Petitions PE875, PE896 and PE961: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk on the common good petitions.

European and External Relations Committee
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 3.00 pm in Committee Room 4

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

2. Inquiry into the Transposition and Implementation of European Directives in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Business.

3. Sift of EC/EU documents and draft legislation: The Committee will consider the latest list of EC/EU documents and draft legislative proposals received for this meeting.

4. European Commission’s Legislative and Work Programme 2007: The Committee will consider its priorities.

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