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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
9th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 7 and all future consideration of draft reports on the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill in private.

2. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Professor Sir David Edward KCMG QC, Honorary Professor at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh;

and then from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Moira Wilson, Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill Team Leader, Scottish Government, Alastair Sim, Director of Policy, Scottish Courts Service, Alison Fraser, Solicitor, Courts and Civil Law Division and Catherine Scott, Solicitor, Courts and Civil Law Division, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Justice) to move S3M-1597—

That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Victim Notification Scheme (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

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

the Intensive Support and Monitoring (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/75);

the Bankruptcy Fees (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/79);

the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/82);

the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highland and Islands) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/93);

the Enforcement of Fines (Seizure and Disposal of Vehicles) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/103); and

the Enforcement of Fines (Diligence) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/104).

5. Statute Law Repeals Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice (LCM(S3) 11.1).

6. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions—

PE 767 by Norman Dunning, on behalf of ENABLE, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to review the operation and effectiveness of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976; and

PE 1063 by Robert Thomson calling for the Scottish Parliament to investigate the apparent conflict of interest which exists between solicitors/advocates and clients in the present system of speculative fee arrangements (no win – no fee) and to urge the Scottish Executive to overhaul the existing speculative fee arrangements framework and procedures in order to make solicitors/advocates more accountable to their clients.

7. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence sessions.

Equal Opportunities Committee
5th Meeting, 2008

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 an item on evidence taken on the recommendations made in the report Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities in private at a future meeting.

2. Carers: The Committee will take evidence on carers, in a round-table discussion, from—

Fiona Collie, Policy and Parliamentary Affairs Manager, Carers Scotland;

Claire Cairns, Network Co-ordinator, The Coalition of Carers in Scotland;

Jack Ryan, Chief Executive, Crossroads Caring Scotland;

Norman Dunning, Chief Executive, Enable Scotland;

Kathleen Bryson, Project Manager, The Lighthouse Foundation;

Elizabeth Seaton, Chairperson and Director, North Lanarkshire Carers Together; and

Stewart McFarlane, Co-ordinator, Perth and Kinross Young Carers Project.

3. Scots language: The Committee will consider a paper on the Scots language.

4. Reporter (in private): The Committee will consider an approach paper from the gender reporter.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
10th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

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

Creative Scotland Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Mental Health (Cross-border Visits) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft);

the Public Contracts and Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/94);

the Horses (Zootechnical Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/99);

the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Act 2007 (Fixed Penalty Notices) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/101); and

the Sea Fishing (Control Procedures for Herring, Mackerel and Horse Mackerel) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/102).

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

the Police (Special Constables) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI/2008/117);

the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) (No. 2) (SSI/2008/125); and

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2008 (SSI 2008/118).

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

the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No. 3, Savings and Transitionals) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/115);

Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Rules Amendment) (Diligence) 2008 (SSI/2008/121);

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No. 4) (Miscellaneous) 2008 (SSI/2008/123);

Act of Sederunt (Summary Applications, Statutory Applications and Appeals etc. Rules) Amendment (Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007) 2008 (SSI 2008/111);

the Scottish Commission for Human Rights Act 2006 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2008, (SSI/2008/112);

the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No.2 and Transitional provisions) Amendment Order 2008, (SSI 2008/116);

Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Bankruptcy Rules) 2008 (SSI/2008/119);

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No. 2) (Fees of Shorthand Writers) 2008 (SSI/2008/120);

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No. 3) (Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007) 2008 (SSI/2008/122); and

the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2008 (SSI/2008/124).

Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Scheme Committee
4th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 3.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

2. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Mike Pringle MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and Ian Leitch, Director of Resources and Governance, Scottish Parliament.

3. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from evidence taken under item 2.

4. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Inquiry: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

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