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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
7th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Female offenders in the criminal justice system inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Andrew McLellan, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, HM Inspectorate of Prisons;

Sue Brookes, Head of Offender Strategy and Partnership Development, Scottish Prison Service;

and then from—

Provost Pat Reid, Cornton Vale Over 21s Visiting Committee;

Jim Scott, Chairman, Cornton Vale Under 21s Visiting Committee;

Dr Nancy Loucks, Chief Executive, Families Outside;

Dr Willie Black, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Forensic Network.

2. Annual report (in private): The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliament year from 7 May 2008 to 6 May 2009.

Review of SPCB Supported Bodies Committee
8th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Review of SPCB Supported Bodies (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Justice Committee
13th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 7 and any future consideration of written and oral evidence received on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 in private.

2. Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Sir Muir Russell, Chairman, Elspeth MacArthur, Lay Member, Roy Martin QC, Legal Member, and Chris Orman, Secretary to the Board, Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

Not before 11:15 AM

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 4) Order 2009 (SI 2009/draft) from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Brian Peddie, Head of EU and International Law Branch, and Fraser Gough, Solicitor, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Justice) to move S3M-3961— That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 4) Order 2009 be approved.

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/115) from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Gerard Bonnar, Head of Summary Justice Reform Branch, Criminal Procedure Division, and Stephen Crilly, Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government;

Eric McQueen, Director of Field Services, Scottish Court Service;

Nadya Stewart, Senior Procurator Fiscal Depute, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

6. Subordinate legislation: Elaine Murray MSP to move S3M-3927— That the Justice Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/115).

7. Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to accept into evidence written submissions received in response to the call for evidence.

8. Coroners and Justice Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Finance Committee
11th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Strategic budget scrutiny: The Committee will take evidence from—

Colin Borland, Public Affairs Manager, Federation of Small Businesses;

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC;

Garry Clark, Head of Public Affairs, Scottish Chambers of Commerce;

Nick Fletcher, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland;

David Lonsdale, Assistant Director, CBI Scotland;

and then from—

Jeremy Peat, Director, David Hume Institute;

Alf Young, former member of the Financial Issues Advisory Group;

and then from—

Sandy Brady, Director of Strategic Planning, and Sandy Cumming, Chief Executive, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

Stephen Gallacher, Managing Director - Commercial & Infrastructure, and Jack Perry, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise.

2. Marine (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Marine (Scotland) Bill.

3. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the parliamentary year from 9 May 2008 to 8 May 2009.

4. Strategic budget scrutiny (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence heard to date, in order to inform the drafting of its report.

5. Public sector pay (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Public Petitions Committee
8th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

PE1248 Safe standing areas at football stadia.

The Committee will take evidence on the petition from Stephen Taylor, Andrew Bailey and Deborah Paton

PE1249 Proper regulation of holiday and ‘party’ flats

The Committee will take evidence ont he petition from Stanley Player

PE1245 Independence of self funded tenants of sheltered housing

PE1246 Smoke-free mental health services

PE1247 Introduction of ‘McKenzie Friend’ in Scottish courts

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

PE909 Traffic regulation orders and disabled parking bays

PE1007 Traffic regulation orders and disabled parking bays

PE1149 Disabled car parking spaces

PE953 Awareness, diagnosis and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

PE984 High hedges

PE1087 Electricity transmission lines

PE1147 Review of fire service boards

PE1152 CCTV provision

PE1174 Free public transport for under 16s

PE1175 A92 Upgrade

PE1202 Permitted development rights of port authorities

PE1204 Support and promotion of bone marrow services

PE1206 Equal access to public transport operators

PE1209 Robert the Bruce’s Castle Garden

PE1215 Bus services in rural areas

PE1216 Funding for enterprise education in schools

PE1217 Licensing reform impact in rural areas

PE1225 Outbreak of clostridium difficile

PE1229 Processing of biological information

PE1231 Fair funding for voluntary sector

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

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
12th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Public Service Vehicles (Registration of Local Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/151).

2. Sustainable development: progress by the Scottish Government: The Committee will take evidence from—

Maf Smith, Director, Scotland, and Phil Matthews, Senior Policy Advisor, Sustainable Development Commission Scotland.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
15th Meeting, 2009

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 8 in private.

2. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill after Stage 2.

3. Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to points raised on the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

4. Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Community Right to Buy (Definition of Excluded Land) (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft);

the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft);

the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 Amendment (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft).

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

the Community Right to Buy (Prescribed Form of Application and Notices) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/156);

the Crofting Community Body (Prescribed Form of Application and Notice) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/160).

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

Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Rules Amendment) (Sections 25 to 29 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990) 2009 (SSI 2009/164).

8. Draft Interpretation and Legislative Reform Bill: The Committee will consider evidence on the draft Bill from the Minister for Parliamentary Business, taken at its last meeting.

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