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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.

European and External Relations Committee

4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. European issues: The Committee will take evidence on European issues from—

Catherine Stihler MEP

and, in a video conference, from—

John Purvis MEP and Ian Hudghton MEP

2. Scottish Government’s response to the report on the scrutiny of European legislation: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to the European and External Relations Committee’s 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2)

3. Scottish Government’s European policies: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s European policies from—

Linda Fabiani MSP, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture

Public Petitions Committee

4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

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

PE1022 Foreign language learning. Dr Murray Hill will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Dr Alison Borthwick and Robert McKinstry.

PE1041 Community sports facilities. Mr Leslie Trotter will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Colin Tomassi and John Waddell.

PE1033 Regulation of complaints against the legal profession.

PE1038 Provision of disabled parking spaces for Blue Badge holders.

PE1039 Update of the Cancer in Scotland strategy.

PE1043 Genocide of the Palestinian population of Gaza and the West Bank.

PE1053 Mandatory audio and visual recording of court proceedings.

PE1054 Review of the Edinburgh Accommodation Allowance.

PE1060 Review of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 in relation to right to buy terms.

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

PE936 siting of oil depots. The Committee will consider the outcome of the Buncefield Major Incident Investigation and the views of the petitioner on the responses received.

PE937 PCP funding. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE944 Access rights for fathers. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE947 Ownerless land. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE960 Cranial abnormalities in babies. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Government and the petitioner.

PE966 Investment in swimming pools. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Government and the petitioner.

PE978 Jet Skis. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive, the Marine and Coastguard Agency and the petitioner.

PE994 Succession. The Committee will consider what further action to take in relation to this petition.

PE1012 Historical plaques. The Committee will consider responses from English Heritage, Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Scotland and the Scottish Executive, Visit Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland, and the petitioner.

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee

4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

2. Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

John Stephens, Associate and Steve Hunter, Principal Consultant, Steer Davies Gleave;

and then from—

Janice Pauwels, Sustainable Development Unit Manager and Ewan Kennedy, Transport Planning Manager, City of Edinburgh Council; Bob McLellan, Head of Transportation Services, Fife Council; and Ken Laing, Bridge Engineer, Dundee City Council;

and then from—

Richard Dixon, Director, World Wildlife Fund Scotland; John Lauder, Director, Sustrans Scotland; Paul Tetlaw, Chair of TRANSform Scotland and Stuart Hay, Head of Policy at Friends of the Earth Scotland.

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

the Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Traffic Commissioner for the Scottish Traffic Area) Order 2007, (SI 2007/2139).

4. Work programme: The Committee will consider its forward work programme.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 7 in private.

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

Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

3. Scottish Government responses: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response in relation to the following—

the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/390);

the National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Section 17C Agreements) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/393);

the Plant Protection Products (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/410);

the Miscellaneous Food Additives and the Sweeteners in Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/412);

the Plant Health (Scotland) (Amendment) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/415); and

the Plant Health (Phytophthora ramorum) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2007/416).

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

the Small Claims (Scotland) (Amendment) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft); and

the Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (Privative Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft).

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

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Repayment Charge and Discharge) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/419);

The Zoonoses (Monitoring) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/420);

Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2007,(SSI 2007/425);

The Seed Potatoes (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/418);

The National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/391);

The Disclosure Scotland (Staff Transfer) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/417);

The Porcine Semen (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/421);

The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/422); and

Food for Particular Nutritional Uses (Scotland) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/424).

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

The Disease Control (Interim Measures) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/423).

7. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Scheme Committee

1st Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 3.00 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Declaration of interests: Members of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose a Convener.

3. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a Deputy Convener.

4. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

5. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme inquiry: The Committee will consider an issues paper.

6. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme inquiry – witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsibility for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses in the inquiry.

7. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft consultation paper at its next meeting should be taken in private.

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