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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
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

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

3. International Development Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence, in a round table discussion, from—

Mervyn Lee, Executive Director, Mercy Corps; Judith Robertson, Head, Oxfam in Scotland; Jenny Schwarz, Projects Co-ordinator, VETAID; Leo Williams, Scotland Malawi Partnership; Eoghan Mackie, Chief Executive Officer, Challenges Worldwide; George Rawlinson, Solas Educational Trust; Paul Chitnis, Chief Executive, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF); and Professor John Struthers, Paisley Business School, University of Paisley.

4. Scottish Government’s European Union priorities: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

Justice Committee
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 4, 5 and 6 in private.

2. Scottish Police Services Authority: The Committee will take evidence from—

David Mulhern, Chief Executive, Mervyn Rolfe, Convener, and Chief Constable John Vine, Member, Scottish Police Services Authority.

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

the Licensing Conditions (Late Opening Premises) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/336);

the Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders (United States of America) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/354);

the Recovery of Maintenance (United States of America) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/355);

the European Communities (Lawyer’s Practice) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/358);

the European Communities (Services of Lawyers) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/359);

the Gambling Act 2005 (Review of Premises Licences) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/394);

the Gambling Act 2005 (Fees No. 3) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/395);

the Licensing (Training of Staff) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/397);

the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Designated Activities) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/398); and

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

4. Budget Process 2008-09 - 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 Committee’s consideration of the budget process.

5. Effective use of police resources inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

6. Effective use of police resources inquiry: The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser.

Equal Opportunities Committee
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Michael McMahon will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 6 and 7 in private.

3. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will consider its approach to the 2008-09 budget process.

4. Petition PE965: The Committee will consider a petition by Jan Goodall on behalf of Dundee Accessible Transport Action Group calling for the Scottish Parliament to ensure that local authorities have affordable, accessible local transport available to disabled people who cannot use public transport and to provide ring-fenced funding to allow local authority and/or community groups to provide Dial a Ride projects for this purpose.

5. European Union: The Committee will consider its approach to engaging with European matters.

6. Equal Opportunities Committee remit: The Committee will consider a paper on the remit of the Equal Opportunities Committee.

7. European Year of Equal Opportunities for All: The Committee will consider its approach to the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All.

Public Petitions Committee
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of Interests: John Wilson MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—

PE1056 Diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis

Gordon McPherson will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Jane McPherson and Steven McPherson.

PE1052 Promoting the services of independent midwives

Jayne Heron will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition accompanied by Cassy McNamara.

PE1044 ‘One Year Job Guarantee’ for physiotherapists

PE1051 The Charter for Grandchildren

PE1058 The impact of 24-hour supermarket developments

PE1063 Speculative fee arrangements between solicitor/advocates and clients

PE1073 Catholics in Scottish prisons

PE1074 Road user charging

3. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions and written submissions received—

PE808 Mental health services for deaf and deaf/blind people

PE867 Vulnerable adults and surreptitious medication

PE873 Post Polio Syndrome and review of neurological services

PE894 Provision of rail services between Inverness, Thurso and Wick

PE908, PE909 and PE1007 Traffic regulation orders and disabled parking bays

PE934 Consultation on traffic regulation orders

PE953 Awareness, diagnosis and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

PE984 High hedges

PE1008 Review of the operation of the Accountant in Bankruptcy

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Finance and Sustainable Growth: The Committee will take evidence from John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on issues within his portfolio which relate to the Committee’s remit.

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

Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change.

3. Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to its draft Stage 1 Report on the Bill.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
1st Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

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. Cross-Party Groups (Standards): The Committee will consider applications for recognition from 5 proposed Cross-Party Groups.

5. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 6, 7 and 8 in private.

6. Work programme: The Committee will consider its approach to developing its work programme.

7. Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government on whether to include the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner within the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

8. Report from the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland (Public Appointments): The Committee will consider its approach to report CPA/2007/02 from the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
7th 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 5 in private.

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

the University of the West of Scotland Order of Council 2007 (SSI 2007/426);

the Surface Waters (Shellfish) (Classification) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/427); and

the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No. 3) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/428).

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

the Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/draft); and

the Fundable Bodies (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/draft).

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

the Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water (Scotland) Regulations 2007
(SSI 2007/435);

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/439);

the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/438); and

the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council (Listed Tribunals) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/436).

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

Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Scheme Committee
2nd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 3.00 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider its draft consultation paper.

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