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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
25th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 6 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft International Criminal Court (Remand Time) Order 2008 from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Ian Hockenhull, Policy Manager, Criminal Procedure Division, Dianne Drysdale, Policy Executive, Criminal Procedure Division, and Andrea Summers, Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Justice) to move S3M-2647— That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft International Criminal Court (Remand Time) Order 2008 be approved.

4. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Sandy Brindlay, National Co-ordinator, Rape Crisis Scotland;

Louise Johnston, National Legal Issues Worker, Scottish Women’s Aid;

and then from—

Susan Gallagher, Head of Policy and Research, and Frida Petersson, Policy Executive, Victim Support Scotland.

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

PE997 by Peter Cox, on behalf of the Mothers for Justice Campaign, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to provide greater protection to the children and partners of abusive parents by introducing legislation to ensure that (a) where an allegation of abuse has been made against a parent, access rights are suspended pending a full investigation; (b) all previous convictions of an abusive parent are taken into account before access rights are granted; (c) all access hearings are held in open court; and (d) all sheriffs who deal with child custody cases are given appropriate training; and

PE1063 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.

6. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to accept written evidence received after the deadline for submission of evidence.

Finance Committee
24th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill from—

Dan House, Bill Team Leader, and Robert Kirkwood, Policy Officer, Scottish Government.

2. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of its work programme at its next meeting should be taken in private and whether its consideration of its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill should be taken in private at a future meeting.

3. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill.

4. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill.

5. Inquiry into the methods of funding capital investment projects (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
19th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 from—

Professor Jan Bebbington, Department of Accounting and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews;

Dr Craig Mackenzie, Department of Sustainable Enterprise, University of Edinburgh;

Roger Levett, Development Consultant, Levett-Therivel;

and then from—

Dave Watson, Scottish Organiser, UNISON;

Dr Dan Barlow, Head of Policy, WWF Scotland;

Duncan McLaren, Chief Executive, Friends of the Earth Scotland;

John Stocks, Manager, Carbon Trust in Scotland.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
18th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Marilyn Livingstone MSP and Peter Peacock MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose its Deputy Convener.

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 6 in private.

4. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider applications for recognition from two proposed Cross-Party Groups.

5. Work programme: The Committee will consider a letter from the Convener of the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Committee in relation to its work programme.

6. Review of Volume 2, Section 6 of the Code of Conduct: The Committee will consider draft revised guidance on section 6 of the Code of Conduct.

7. Review of Volume 2, Section 8 of the Code of Conduct (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

8. Inquiry into points of order (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
29th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.30 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 9 in private.

2. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Mr Gery McLaughlin, Bill Team Leader, and Mr Gordon McNicoll, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

3. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Government’s response to points raised on the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

4. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill: The Committee will consider the response from the Member in charge to points raised on the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/322).

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

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Scheme of Assistance) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

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

the Notice to Local Authorities (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/324);

the Fish Farming Businesses (Record Keeping) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/326);

the Justice of the Peace Court (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/328);

the Stipendiary Magistrates (Specified Day) (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/330);

the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/334).

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

the Dumfries and Galloway (Electoral Arrangements) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/325);

the Act of Sederunt (Summary Applications, Statutory Applications and Appeals etc. Rules) Amendment (Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007) (No.2) (2008) (SSI 2008/335);

the Bluetongue (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/327);

the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No. 5) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/329).

9. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the evidence taken under item 2.

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