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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 Committee
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 8 and 9 in private. The Committee will also consider whether to take all future consideration of written evidence received and the main themes arising from evidence sessions on its inquiry into the effective use of police resources in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, to move S3M-482—

Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (Privative Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2007—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Sheriff Courts (Scotland) Act 1971 (Privative Jurisdiction and Summary Cause) Order 2007 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, to move S3M-479—

Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Small Claims (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Small Claims (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 be approved.

4. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, to move S3M-481—

Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permits (Scotland) Regulations 2007—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permits (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

5. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, to move S3M-480—

Kenny MacAskill: The Draft Club Gaming and Club Machine Permits (Scotland) Regulations 2007—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Club Gaming and Club Machine Permits (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

6. Effective use of police resources inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Pat Shearer, Chief Constable, Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary and ACPOS Vice President, Alastair Merrill, Deputy Director, Police Powers, Performance and Resources, Stephen Woodhouse, Head of Police Performance, Efficiency and Funding, Alastair Crerar, Project Manager, Police Performance, and Barry Stalker, Principal Research Officer, Court Affairs, Prisons and Offenders Analytical Team, Scottish Government.

and then from—

Dr Daniel Donnelly, Scottish Centre for Police Studies and Dr Ken Scott, Head of the School of Social Studies, University of Paisley.

7. Effective use of police resources 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 Committee’s consideration of the inquiry.

8. Effective use of police resources inquiry: The Committee will consider whether to accept written evidence received in response to the Committee’s call for evidence.

9. Effective use of police resources inquiry: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session.

Equal Opportunities Committee
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private and whether to consider items on possible inquiry topics in private at future meetings.

3. LGBT Hearts and Minds Agenda: The Committee will take evidence on the work of the LGBT Hearts and Minds Agenda Group from—

Tim Hopkins, Equality Network, Fergus McMillan, LGBT Youth Scotland, Hilary Third, Equality Unit, Scottish Government and Calum Irving, Stonewall Scotland.

4. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider candidates for budget adviser to assist in its scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Budget.

Finance Committee

5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Report of the Budget Review Group from—

Bill Howat, Lead Reviewer, Bill Hughes, Member, Jenny Stewart, Member, and George Thorley, Member, Budget Review Group.

2. Smith Institute Seminars: The Convener will report back to the Committee on the seminar on Fair Tax.

3. Independent Funding Review of Free Personal Care: The Committee will consider correspondence received from the Independent Review Group.

4. Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill.

Public Petitions Committee
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

PE1057 Research funding into endometriosis. Andrew Bilson-Page will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Jeni Mackay.

PE1065 Microsoft Government Leaders Forum Europe and promotion of technologies in enhancing democratic engagement. Rajiv Joshi will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Alison Hardie.

PE1046 Class size reductions in public schools

PE1047 Coastal and marine environmental protection process

PE1048 NPPG19 and pre-school children and children at play

PE1049 Maintenance of un-adopted open spaces

PE1050 Protection of common good sites

PE1077 Protection of conditions relating to gifts of land

PE1055 Ownership of electromagnetic broadcast spectrum and the spectrum packaging and award process.

PE1064 Replacement of the Forth Road Bridge

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

PE1005 The act of blessing oneself

PE1009 Provision of an Advocacy Service for third parties in planning matters

PE1010 Fast track system for alcohol exclusion zones and dispersal orders

PE1013 Review of arrangements for managing scheduled and listed buildings

PE1019 Health promotion campaign on the proper use of antibiotics

PE1020 Deceleration lane at the Portlethen South Bruntland Road junction from the A90

PE1021 Investigating cases of negligence or inadequate service against solicitors

PE1026 BBC television coverage of Scotland national football team matches

PE1027 Increased public funding for bus services

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

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

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

The Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

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

The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/439).

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

The Licensing (Mandatory Conditions No.2) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft).

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

The Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No.4) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/460);

The Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (City of Edinburgh) Designation Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2007/446);

The Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/453);

The Premises Licence (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/452);

The Licensing (Transitional and Saving Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/454);

The Community Care (Direct Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/458); and

The Gambling Act 2005 (Fees No.4) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/461).

5. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following––

The Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No.6, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/447);

Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Ordinary Cause, Summary Application, Summary Cause and Small Claim Rules) Amendment (Council Regulation (EC) No.1348 of 2000 Extension to Denmark) 2007 (SSI 2007/440);

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No.8) (Miscellaneous) 2007 (SSI 2007/449);

The Scottish Commission for Human Rights Act 2006 (Commencement No.1) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/448);

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No.9) (Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004) 2007 (SSI 2007/450); and

The Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/455).

6. Scottish Government response on the implementation of EU related SSIs: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Government to its letter of 6 September 2007.

7. Combining powers in SSIs: The Committee will consider a paper from its legal advisers.

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