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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.

Equal Opportunities Committee
18th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Justice Committee.

3. Female offenders in the criminal justice system (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

Justice Committee
31st 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 3 in private.

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

the European Communities (Service of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/372);

the Justice of the Peace Court (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/374);

the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2008 (SSI 2008/377);

the Police Pensions (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/387);

the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Rural Housing Bodies) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/391);

the Insolvency (Scotland) Rules 1986 Amendment Rules 2008 (SSI 2008/393).

3. Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to accept written evidence received after the deadline for submission of evidence.

4. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

European and External Relations Committee
20th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 8 in private.

2. Scottish Government’s China Plan: The Committee will take evidence from—

David Valentine, Head of Economic Development, Angus Council;

Peter Budd, Chair, Arup Scotland;

Stephen Phillips, Chief Executive, China-Britain Business Council;

Gillian Walsh, International Officer, and Peter Russell, Acting Adviser to the Lord Provost, Glasgow City Council;

Jane Gotts, International Trade Manager, Scottish Council for Development and Industry;

Frank Boyland, Asia Director, and David Smith, Operations Director, Scottish Development International;

Melanie Angus, Marketing Manager for Emerging Markets, VisitScotland.

3. Council of the EU Presidency: The Committee will consider proposals to meet with representatives of the EU Presidency in Prague.

4. Europe Day 2009: The Committee will consider its approach to Europe Day 2009.

5. Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the latest issue of the Brussels Bulletin.

6. Pilot subsidiarity check: The Committee will consider its approach to a proposed pilot subsidiarity check.

7. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of the Scottish Government’s EU early intervention issues at a future meeting should be taken in private.

8. Scottish Government’s China Plan: The Committee will consider the key themes arising from the evidence session.

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
25th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 6

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

2. Strategic Transport Projects Review: The Committee will take evidence from—

Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, and Climate Change, David Anderson, Head of TEAR Team, and Lawrence Shackman, Forth Replacement Crossing Project Manager, Transport Scotland, Scottish Government.

3. Inquiry into the potential benefits of high-speed rail services: The Committee will take evidence from—

Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, and Climate Change, and Malcolm Reed, Chief Executive, Transport Scotland, Scottish Government.

4. Inquiry into the potential benefits of high-speed rail services: The Committee will consider the evidence heard during the inquiry.

5. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

Public Petitions Committee
19th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

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

PE1218 Grade seperation at Sheriffhall Roundabout

PE1219 Support for talented athletes in rural areas

PE1220 GP dispensing practices

PE1222 BBC ALBA

3. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will consider the following current petitions—

PE504 Publication of criminal memoirs

PE812 High voltage transmission lines

PE960 Cranial abnormalities

PE1020 Deceleration lane on the A90 PE1048 NPPG19 and pre-school children

PE1055 Ownership of electromagnetic broadcast spectrum

PE1056 Diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis

PE1059 Ban on airguns

PE1078 Protection of historic sites

PE1089 Cancer causing toxins

PE1105 St Margaret of Scotland Hospice

PE1140 A82 Upgrade

PE1148 Local community libraries

PE1159 Appropriate healthcare for war veterans

PE1167 Befriending services

PE1169 Display of sexually graphic magazines and newspapers

PE1170 Funding of Scotland ‘s colleges

4. Notification of new petitions: The Committee will consider a paper indicating new petitions lodged since the last Committee meeting.

5. Work programme: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk on its work programme.

6. Review of Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Supported Bodies Committee: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk on the call for evidence from the Review of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Supported Bodies Committee.

7. Approach to further consideration of petition PE1171: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk on its approach to further consideration of PE1171.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
35th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

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

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

the Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/394);

the Eggs and Chicks (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/395);

the Private Landlord Registration (Advice and Assistance) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/402);

the Private Landlord Registration (Information and Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/403).

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

Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Rules) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) 2008 (SSI 2008/365);

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Messengers-at-Arms) (EC Service Regulation) 2008 (SSI 2008/366);

the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/405).

4. Response to Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee: The Committee will consider a draft response to SPPA on possible changes to Standing Orders, in connection with the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill.

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