This Week in the Scottish Parliament – w/b 26 March 2012

This weekly eBulletin provides an 'at a glance' guide to the week ahead in the Scottish Parliament and is issued every week, except when the Parliament is in recess.

All proceedings in the Debating Chamber, committee rooms and committee meetings outwith Edinburgh can be viewed, or listened to, live in the Parliament TV section of our website.


Points to Note

Views sought on Scottish Welfare Reform Bill

How Scotland implements the UK Welfare Reform Act is back under the spotlight. The Welfare Reform Committee has asked for comments on the general principles of the Scottish Government’s Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill.

News release – Views sought on Scottish Welfare Reform Bill

Committee welcomes 'cultural change' to tackling homelessness

The significant advances made in how homelessness is tackled in Scotland has been welcomed by the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee in a report issued on 20 March.

News release – Committee welcomes 'cultural change' to tackling homelessness

Renewables inquiry witnesses announced

The initial tranche of witnesses for the Scottish Parliament’s Committee inquiry into the achievability of the Scottish Government’s renewable energy targets has been announced.

News release – Renewables inquiry witnesses announced

Parliament finalises Diamond Jubilee plans

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP has outlined the Scottish Parliament’s plans to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

News release – Parliament finalises Diamond Jubilee plans

Presiding Officer sews first stitch on Great Tapestry of Scotland

The first stitch on what is believed to be the longest embroidered tapestry in the world was sewn at the Scottish Parliament on 23 March by the Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick MSP.

News release – Presiding Officer sews first stitch on Great Tapestry of Scotland

Community connections take centre place at Parliament

The successful conclusion of a three year outreach programme will be marked by a conference at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 27 March.

News release – Community connections take centre place at Parliament

Views sought on new, downloadable resource for 16 to 25-year-olds

The Scottish Parliament is creating a new, downloadable 'Connect!' resource for 16 to 25-year-olds – and we need your views and ideas!

Connect eResource Questionnaire

Holyrood Highlights

The most recent edition of Holyrood Highlights included reports on the housing benefit reform debate, new powers for the Scottish Parliament and the ministerial statement on waiting times in NHS Lothian.

The studio guests were Margaret Burgess MSP and Drew Smith MSP.

Holyrood Highlights – 22 March 2012


This week in the Debating Chamber

Wednesday 28 March 2012

2.00 pm Time for Reflection – Angela Shapiro and Claire Singerman, “Gathering the Voices” project: a partnership including the Glasgow Jewish Community, Glasgow Caledonian University and Sense Over Sectarianism

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Planning Reform, Next Steps

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Agricultural Holdings (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Scottish Government Debate: UK Government Budget

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Financial Services Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

6.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – S4M-02265 Jim Eadie: Violence in Syria (for text of motion see Section F of the Business Bulletin for Monday 12 March 2012)

Thursday 29 March 2012

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Green Party Debate: Cycling

followed by Scottish Green Party Debate: Local Energy Companies

11.40 am General Question Time (for text of General Questions see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 22 March 2012)

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy (for text of Themed Questions see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 22 March 2012)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Consultation on the New Tribunal System in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – S4M-02387 Jim Hume: The Road Forward for Community Transport (for text of motion see Section F of the Business Bulletin for Monday 19 March 2012)


Committee meetings

Health and Sport Committee

27 March 2012

12th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 6 and 7 in private.

2. Petitions PE1398, PE1399 and PE1401 on access to medicines for orphan diseases and Individual Patient Treatment Requests (IPTRs) - 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 who attend to give evidence on the petitions.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme and Pension Scheme) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/69) from—

Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, Chad Dawtry, Director of Policy, Strategy and Development, Scottish Public Pensions Agency, and James Preston, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Public Pensions Agency, Scottish Government.

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

The National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme and Pension Scheme) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/69);

The Community Care (Joint Working etc.) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/65);

The Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002 (Incidental Provision) (Adult Support and Protection) Order 2012 (SSI/2012/66);

The National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/67);

The National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/68);

The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/73);

The National Health Service (Free Prescriptions and Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/74);

The Food Hygiene (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/75); and

The Personal Injuries (NHS Charges) (Amounts) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/76).

5. Petitions PE1398, PE1399 and PE1401 on access to medicines for orphan diseases and Individual Patient Treatment Requests (IPTRs): The Committee will take evidence from—

Stephen Nutt, Executive Officer, Rare Disease UK;

Joan Fletcher, Family Support Officer, Association for Glycogen Storage Disease (UK);

Lesley Loeliger, Founder and Chair, PNH Scotland.

6. Petitions PE1398, PE1399 and PE1401 on access to medicines for orphan diseases and Individual Patient Treatment Requests (IPTRs): The Committee will consider its approach to future scrutiny of the issues raised in relation to the petitions.

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

8. Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 17 April, the Committee expects to consider, in private, a draft report on its inquiry into integration of health and social care.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Justice Committee

27 March 2012

11th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 5 and 6 in private. The Committee will also decide whether its consideration of the main themes arising from the evidence received on the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill, as well as the draft Stage 1 report on the Bill, should be taken in private at future meetings.

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

Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Liz Sadler, Head of Policy and Legislation Unit, Nick Bland, Head of Police Reform Unit, Lorna Gibbs, Head of Fire and Rescue Reform Unit, and Kevin Gibson, Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

Police Pensions (Contributions) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/71).

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

Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/64).

5. Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

6. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Evidence in Civil Partnership and Divorce Actions (Scotland) Order 2012 [draft].

Proposed future business

At its meeting on 17 April the Committee expects to consider the main themes arising from the evidence received on the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Equal Opportunities Committee

27 March 2012

6th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Gypsy/Travellers carers: The Committee will take evidence from—

Florence Burke, Director for Scotland, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers;

Alex Cole-Hamilton, Head of Policy, Aberlour Child Care Trust;

Suzanne Munday, Director, MECOPP;

Alex Murphy, Service Manager, Alzheimer Scotland;

Jack Ryan, Chief Executive, Crossroads Caring Scotland.

2. Draft Budget 2012-13 and Spending Review 2011 Scrutiny: The Committee will consider (a) the Scottish Government's response to the Committee's report to the Finance Committee on the Draft Budget 2012-13 and the Spending Review 2011 and (b) its approach to its work programme in the light of the report and the response.

Proposed future business

The Committee's next meeting will take place on 17 April 2012.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

27 March 2012

4th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 2

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

2. European strategy: The Committee will consider a letter from the Parliamentary Bureau.

Proposed future business

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Subordinate Legislation Committee

27 March 2012

9th Meeting, 2012

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 6 in private.

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

Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 [draft].

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

National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/87);

Scottish Secure Tenancies (Proceedings for Possession) (Form of Notice) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/92).

4. Instruments not subject to any parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional Provision) Order 2012 (SSI 2012/91).

5. Public Bodies Consent Memorandums: The Committee will consider the following draft orders under section 9 of the UK Public Bodies Act 2011—

British Waterways Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 2012 [draft];

Inland Waterways Advisory Council (Abolition) Order 2012 [draft].

6. Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 17 April, the Committee expects to consider subordinate legislation.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Scotland Bill Committee

27 March 2012

1st Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 3.00 pm in Committee Room 5

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

2. Scotland Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by Bruce Crawford MSP (LCM(S4) 8.1).

3. Report on the legislative consent memorandum: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Scottish Government's legislative consent memorandum.

Proposed future business

There are no plans for a further meeting of the Scotland Bill Committee.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Finance Committee

28 March 2012

10th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 5, 6 and 7 in private.

2. UK economic and fiscal outlook: The Committee will take evidence from—

Robert Chote, Chairman, Office for Budget Responsibility.

3. Smith Group recommendations on youth unemployment: The Committee will take evidence from—

Lord Smith of Kelvin.

4. Proposed contingent liability (in private): The Committee will take evidence from—

Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health, Scottish Government.

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

6. Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill.

7. Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc) (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 18 April, the Committee expects to take oral evidence on the Family Nurse Partnership.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee

28 March 2012

11th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Inquiry into the Scottish Government's renewable energy targets: The Committee will take evidence from—

Linda Greig, Director of Business and Sponsorshop, Carnegie College;

Jim Brown, Director, Scotland's Colleges Energy Skills Partnership;

Professor Sean Smith, Director, Institute for Sustainable Construction and Professor of Construction Innovation, Edinburgh Napier University;

Gordon McGuiness, Skills Development Scotland;

Rob Moore, Operations Manager Low Carbon, National Skills Academy of Power;

and then from—

Andrew Scott, Senior Project Development Manager, Pelamis Wave;

John Robertson, Managing Director, BiFab;

Martin McAdam, Chief Executive Officer, Aquamarine Power;

Robin McLaren, Institute of Engineering and Technology;

Simon Forrest, Director, Nova Innovation Ltd.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 18 April, the Committee will continue to take evidence on Inquiry into the Scottish Government's renewable energy targets.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Local Government and Regeneration Committee

28 March 2012

8th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4, 5 and 7 in private.

2. Public services reform and local government: strand 1 – partnerships and outcomes: The Committee will take evidence from—

Graeme Downie, Communications Manager, Scotland and Northern Ireland, NESTA;

and then from—

Gerry Marr, Chief Executive, NHS Tayside;

Cathie Cowan, Chief Executive, NHS Orkney;

and then from—

Martin Bruce, Managing Director, and Derrick Thomson, Director Urban Projects, Scotia Homes;

Dave McDougall, Chief Executive, West Lothian Chamber of Commerce.

3. Petition PE1405: The Committee will consider the evidence recieved on PE 1405 and what further action, if any, it wishes to take on the petition.

4. Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: The Committee will consider the evidence recieved from the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

5. Proposed local government finance unoccupied properties bill: The Committee will consider its approach to forthcoming legislation on local government finance for unoccupied properties.

6. Public services reform and local government: strand 1 – partnerships and outcomes (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

7. Accounts Commission for Scotland reports: The Committee will consider its approach to the consideration of reports from the Accounts Commission for Scotland.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on Wednesday 18 April, the Committee will continue to take evidence on its inquiry into public services.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Public Audit Committee

28 March 2012

5th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private (in private): The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.

2. Section 23 report - Commonwealth Games 2014 Progress report 2: Planning for the delivery of the XXth Games: The Committee will take evidence on the joint Auditor General for Scotland and Accounts Commission report entitled "Commonwealth Games 2014 Progress report 2: Planning for the delivery of the XXth Games" from—

Mr Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland;

Barbara Hurst, Director, Angela Cullen, Assistant Director, and Carolyn Smith, Project Manager, Performance Audit Group, Audit Scotland.

3. An overview of local government in Scotland - Challenges and change in Scotland 2012: The Committee will receive a briefing on the Accounts Commission report entitled "An overview of local government in Scotland - Challenges and change in Scotland 2012" from—

John Baillie, Chair, Accounts Commission;

Fraser McKinlay, Controller of Audit, and Gordon Smail, Portfolio Manager, Audit Scotland.

4. Section 23 report - Reducing Scottish greenhouse gas emissions: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government on the Auditor General for Scotland's report entitled "Reducing Scottish greenhouse gas emissions".

5. Consideration of approach - Commonwealth Games 2014 Progress report 2: Planning for the delivery of the XXth Games: The Committee will consider its approach to the joint Auditor General for Scotland and Accounts Commission report entitled "Commonwealth Games 2014 Progress report 2: Planning for the delivery of the XXth Games".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Auditor General for Scotland in relation to reports he has recently published.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee

28 March 2012

10th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/draft) from—

Alistair Speedie, Director Planning and Environment Services, Dumfries and Galloway Council;

Ian Telford, Waste Strategy and Logistics Manager, Glasgow City Council;

Colin Clark, Head of Waste Management, Highland Council;

and then from—

Keith Warren, Director, Catering Equipment Suppliers Association;

Susan Love, Policy Manager, Federation of Small Business;

William McLeod, Executive Director, British Hospitality Association;

Keith Warren, Director, Catering Equipment Suppliers Association;

John Ferguson, Head of Strategy, Binn Farm;

Stephen Freeland, Policy Executive, Scottish Environmental Services Association;

Jim Fox, Associate Director, Public Affairs, and Suzannah Cooley, Senior Manager, Environment, Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on the 18 April, the Committee will take evidence on the waste regulations from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.


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