This Week in the Scottish Parliament – w/b 7 May 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

Justice Committee calls for early appointment of Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer

The appointment of a Chief Constable and Chief Fire Officer to oversee the new National Police and Fire and Rescue Service should be made as soon as possible, according to a Justice Committee report published on 2 May.

News release – Appoint Chief Constable and Fire Officer earlier says Justice Committee

Stage 1 Report on the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill

Scottish Civil Justice and Criminal Legal Assistance Bill introduced

The Scottish Civil Justice and Criminal Legal Assistance Bill was introduced on 2 May 2012.

Scottish Civil Justice and Criminal Legal Assistance Bill

Current Bills

Call for greater role for voluntary sector and independent providers in the delivery of integrated health and social care

The voluntary sector and independent providers of care should have a greater role in delivering integrated health and social care, according to a report published on 4 May by the Health and Sport Committee.

News release – Partnership should be at heart of health and social care reform, says Health Committee

Inquiry into integration of health and social care

New SPICe Briefings

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) produced three briefings during the week beginning 30 April.

SB 12-32 Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Bill

SB 12-31 The Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties Etc.) (Scotland) Bill

SB 12-30 The Scottish Criminal Justice System: The Prison Service

Holyrood Highlights

The most recent edition of our Holyrood Highlights programme included reports on:

  • reaction to First Minister's Question Time
  • the Stage 1 Report on the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill
  • Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill – committee evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy.

The studio guests were Helen Eadie MSP and Christine Grahame MSP.


This week in the Debating Chamber

Wednesday 9 May 2012

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: The Future of European Structural Funds from 2014

followed by Finance Committee Debate: Fiscal Sustainability

followed by Public Body Consent Motion: British Waterways Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 2012

followed by Public Body Consent Motion: Inland Waterways Advisory Council (Abolition) Order 2012

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – S4M-02573 Elaine Smith: Beyond the Frame (for text of motion see Section F of the Business Bulletin for Tuesday 10 April 2012)

Thursday 10 May 2012

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time (for text of General Questions see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 3 May 2012)

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time (for text of First Minister’s Questions see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Friday 4 May 2012)

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Justice and the Law Officers
Rural Affairs and the Environment ( for text of General Questions see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 3 May 2012)

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Government Growth Strategy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – S4M-02016 Dave Thompson: Centenary of the Dewar Report (for text of motion see Section F of the Business Bulletin for Tuesday 13 March 2012)


Committee meetings

Education and Culture Committee

8 May 2012

14th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Children’s Hearings Scotland Act 2011 - secondary legislation programme: The Committee will take evidence from—

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, Tom McNamara, Team Leader, Children’s Hearings Team, and Kit Wyeth, Head of Children’s Hearings Team, Scottish Government.

2. Finance (No.4) Bill 2012 (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs (LCM(S4) 9.1).

3. Petition PE 1420: The Committee will consider a petition by Teresa McNally, on behalf of Clacks Kinship Carers, on recognising the real value of kinship carers and giving them parity with foster carers across Scotland.

4. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the parliamentary year from 9 May 2011 to 8 May 2012.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 15 May, the Committee expects to take oral evidence on Additional Support for Learning.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.


Justice Committee

8 May 2012

16th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 2 in private.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 15 May, the Committee will consider the Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

Welfare Reform Committee

8 May 2012

7th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 15 May, the Committee expects to consider a draft report on the Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

Health and Sport Committee

8 May 2012

15th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

David Williams, Assistant Director Social Care Services, Glasgow City Council;

John Alexander, Director of Social Work, Dumfries and Galloway Council;

Janet Spence, Programme Manager (Modernisation and Quality Assurance), Highland Health and Social Care Partnership;

Dr Julie Ridley, Project Lead of SDS Test Sites Evaluation Team, Senior Research Fellow, University of Central Lancashire;

Professor David Bell, Professor of Economics, University of Stirling;

and then from—

Ron Culley, Chief Officer, Health and Social Care, COSLA;

Andy Martin, Manager of Adult and Community Care Services, East Dunbartonshire Council;

Elaine Torrance, Acting Director of Social Work, Scottish Borders Council.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 15 May, the Committee expects to continue to take oral evidence on the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

8 May 2012

6th 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 items 3, 4 and 5 in private.

2. Review of Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Chris Carman, Senior Research Lecturer, University of Strathclyde.

3. Review of Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider written evidence received.

4. Financial Resolutions guidance: The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

5. Review of Section 7 of Code of Conduct: The Committee will consider written evidence received.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 22 May, the Committee expects to consider potential changes to Standing Orders and the Code of Conduct.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

8 May 2012

12th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 2.30 pm in Committee Room 5

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

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

Official Statistics (Scotland) Amendment Order 2012 [draft];

Property Factors (Code of Conduct) (Scotland) Order 2012 [draft].

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

Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (National Parks) (Consequential Provisions) Order 2012 (SSI 2012/117);

Bankruptcy Fees etc. (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/118);

Food Additives (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/119);

Snares (Training) (Scotland) Order 2012 (SSI 2012/124);

Education (Provision of Information as to Schools) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/129);

Education (School and Placing Information) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/130);

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Fish Farming) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2012 (SSI 2012/131);

Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (Practice and Procedure) (No. 2) Amendment Rules 2012 (SSI 2012/132).

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

Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2012 (SSI 2012/116);

Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules Amendment) (Miscellaneous) 2012 (SSI 2012/125);

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No. 2) (Miscellaneous) 2012 (SSI 2012/126).

5. Long Leases (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to its report on the delegated powers provisions in the Bill.

6. Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to its report on the delegated powers provisions in the Bill.

7. Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc.) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

8. Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

9. Working practices: The Committee will consider its approach to a review of its working practices.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 15 May, the Committee expects to consider subordinate legislation.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Finance Committee

9 May 2012

14th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Increasing sustainable ecomomic growth: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Lena Wilson, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise;

Professor Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice Chancellor, Strathclyde University;

Philip Grant, Chair, Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group.

3. Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill from—

Jean Maclellan, Head of Adult Care and Support Division, Jen Willoughby, Self-directed Support Bill Team Policy Officer, and Iain Pearce, Analytical Services Division, Scottish Government.

4. Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the evidence taken on the Financial Memoradum of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 16 May, the Committee expects to consider the Local Government Finance Bill Financial Memorandum.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee

9 May 2012

15th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

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

Dr Colin Anderson, Consulting Engineer;

Ken Hunter, Business Development Manager, MEG Renewables;

Steven Watson, Corporate Manager, Community Energy Scotland;

Dr Nicola McEwan, Co-Director, Institute of Governance, University of Edinburgh;

and then from—

Murdo MacDonald, Convener, Roseneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust;

Alan Hobbet, Director, Gigha Renewable Energy Ltd.;

Mike Pitman, Director, Boyndie Windfarm Cooperative Ltd.;

John Booth, Director, Eigg Electric Ltd.

2. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the parliamentary year from 11 May 2011 to 12 May 2012.

3. Inquiry into the Scottish Government's renewable energy targets (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard to date and discuss future witnesses.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 16 May, the Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its renewable energy inquiry.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee

9 May 2012

10th 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 item 3 in private.

2. Housing and transport: The Committee will take evidence from—

Keith Brown, Minister for Housing and Transport, Scottish Government;

Frazer Henderson, Head of Rail Policy, and Peter Lloyd, Rail Policy Executive, Transport Scotland;

Caroline Dicks, Investment Manager, Housing Supply Division, David Fotheringham, Team Leader, Housing Sustainability and Innovation Funding Division, and Angela O'Brien, Team Leader, Housing Transitions and Support, Scottish Government.

3. Work programme: The Committee will review its work programme.

4. Rail 2014: Renewal of Scottish Passenger Rail Franchise (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

The Committee will next meet on 23 May.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

Public Audit Committee

9 May 2012

7th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. Section 23 report - Commissioning social care: The Committee will take evidence on the joint Auditor General for Scotland and Accounts Commission report entitled "Commissioning social care" from—

Derek Feeley, Director General Health and Social Care and Chief Executive NHS, Geoff Huggins, Head of Reshaping Care and Mental Health Division, and Brian Slater, Policy Manager - Integration and Service Development, Scottish Government.

3. Section 23 report - Overview of Scotland's criminal justice system: The Committee will consider formal responses from the Scottish Government and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service on the Committee's report entitled "Overview of Scotland's criminal justice system".

4. Section 23 report - Overview of the NHS in Scotland's performance 2010/11: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government on the Auditor General for Scotland's report entitled "Overview of the NHS in Scotland's performance 2010/11".

5. Major Capital Projects: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Permanent Secretary regarding his update on the Scottish Government's progress towards delivering the Committee's recommendations in its 2009 report entitled "Major Capital Projects".

6. Consideration of evidence - Commissioning social care: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 2.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on reports recently published by the Auditor General for Scotland.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee

9 May 2012

13th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Agricultural Holdings (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

2. Petition PE1386: The Committee will consider a Petition by Richard Munday on behalf of the Torridon Nephrops Management Group calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review and pilot the establishment of further spatially separated static gear only inshore fisheries to improve fisheries management

3. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the parliamentary year from 11 May 2012 to 10 May 2012.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, 16 May, the Committee expects to consider the Long Leases (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Local Government and Regeneration Committee

9 May 2012

11th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 3

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

Firemen's Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Order 2012 (SSI 2012/106);

Firefighters' Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Order 2012 (SSI 2012/107)

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 16 May, the Committee expects to take oral evidence on the Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc.) (Scotland) Bill.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.


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