This Week in the Scottish Parliament – w/b 21 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

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee now on Twitter

The Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee is now on Twitter.

For updates about the Committee's work, follow @SP_RuralClimate

Bill seeking to lessen impact of UK welfare reform in Scotland moves forward

A Bill proposed by the Scottish Government to seek, as far as is possible, to limit the likely widespread impact of UK Welfare Reform Act on the poor and vulnerable in Scotland, was recommended for approval in principle on 16 May.

The Stage 1 debate on the Bill – the Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill – will be held on Wednesday 23 May.

News release – Bill seeking to lessen impact of UK welfare reform in Scotland moves forward

Stage 1 Report on the Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill

Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill

MSPs see wind and hydro-power in action

Scotland’s third-largest wind farm and a new hydro-power station in Perthshire were showcased to members of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee on 14 May. The visit, which was the first of three across Scotland, will inform the Renewables Inquiry, launched by the Committee in January.

News release – MSPs see wind and hydro-power in action

Photo gallery – Perthshire Visit for the Renewable Energy Inquiry

Inquiry into the Scottish Government's Renewables Targets

National Library of Scotland Bill passed by the Scottish Parliament

On 16 May, MSPs unanimously agreed to pass the National Library of Scotland Bill.

National Library of Scotland Bill

Free pocket guide to the Scottish Parliament’s peer education project

16 to 25? You can now get a free pocket guide to Connect!, our peer education project.

You can order a copy by either:

  • Texting ‘C’ and your name and address to 07786209888. (Standard network rates apply.)
  • Emailing your name and address to education.service@scottish.parliament.uk. (Please list the subject as 'Connect! guide'.)

Connect! peer education project

St. Mary's Primary School wins Euroquiz competition

Congratulations to pupils from St. Mary's Primary School, Duntocher, who won this year's Euroquiz competition.

A video of the quiz, which was held on Monday 14 May, can be viewed on the Scottish Parliament website.

Parliament TV – Euroquiz 2012

News release – Schoolchildren gather at Scottish Parliament for annual Euroquiz competition

New SPICe briefings

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) produced two new briefings during the week beginning Monday 14 May.

SB 12-34 Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3

SB 12-33 Unemployment - April 2012

Holyrood Round-up

Watch a short video round-up of parliamentary business during the week beginning Monday 14 May.

Holyrood Round-up – 17/5/12


This week in the Debating Chamber

Wednesday 23 May 2012

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motions

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – S4M-02580 Jenny Marra: Deaf Awareness Week (for text of motion see Section F of the Business Bulletin for Tuesday 10 April 2012)

 

Thursday 24 May 2012

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Why Languages Matter – Improving Young People’s Opportunities

11.40 am General Question Time (for text of General Questions see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 17 May 2012)

12.00 pm First Minister’s Question Time

2.00 pm Themed Question Time

Infrastructure and Capital Investment
Culture and External Affairs (for text of Themed Questions see Section D of the Business Bulletin for Thursday 17 May 2012)

2.40 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business – S4M-02485 Kenneth Gibson: Glasgow Epilepsy Genetics Service (for text of motion see Section F  of the Business Bulletin for Tuesday 27 March 2012)

 


Committee meetings

Health and Sport Committee

22 May 2012

17th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Dalgety Bay) (Scotland) Order 2012 from—

Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health, and David Wilson, Solicitor, Scottish Government;

Dr Will Munro, Policy Advisor, Food Standards Agency.

2. Subordinate legislation: Michael Matheson Minister for Public Health to move—S4M-02866—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Dalgety Bay) (Scotland) Order 2012 be approved.

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

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

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

Dee Fraser, Programme Manager Providers & Personalisation, Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland;

Ranald Mair, Chief Executive, Scottish Care;

Peter Brawley, Director - Manager, Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network;

Noni Cobban, Vice-President, UK Home Care Association;

and then from—

Angela Henderson, National Local Area Co-ordination Development and Policy Manager, Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability;

Pam Duncan, Policy Officer, Independent Living in Scotland project;

Brian Houston, Associate Director Children’s Services, Barnardo's Scotland;

Florence Burke, Director for Scotland, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland (part of Carers Trust);

Callum Chomczuk, Senior Policy and Parliamentary Officer, Age Scotland;

Aidan Collins, Policy Officer, Scottish Association for Mental Health;

Jim Pearson, Deputy Director Policy, Alzheimer Scotland.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 29 May the Committee expects to take evidence from the Minister for Public Health on the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Education and Culture Committee

22 May 2012

16th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Attainment: The Committee will take evidence from—

Moira Finlayson, Honorary Research Fellow, STEM-Ed Scotland, University of Glasgow;

Craig Munro, Chair of Performance and Improvement Network, Association of Directors of Education in Scotland;

Brian McAlinden, Scottish Government’s Attainment Group.

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

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).

3. Educational attainment of looked after children (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 29 May, the Committee will take oral evidence on broadcasting.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Justice Committee

22 May 2012

18th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Bankruptcy Fees etc. (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/118) from—

John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth;

Claire Orr, Executive Director Policy and Compliance, Accountant in Bankruptcy.

2. Subordinate legislation: Jenny Marra to move—

S4M-02953—That the Justice Committee recommends that the Bankruptcy Fees etc. (Scotland) Regulations (SSI 2012/118) be annulled.

3. Speech, language and communication needs of young people in the criminal justice system: The Committee will take evidence from—

Kate Higgins, Policy Manager, Children 1st;

Lynn Jolly, Community Services Manager, Cornerstone;

Dr Nancy Loucks, Chief Executive, Families Outside;

Kathleen Donegan, Governor, HMYOI Polmont;

Martin Henry, Chair, National Joint Investigative Interviewing Tutors Forum;

Kim Hartley, Scotland Officer, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists;

Karyn McCluskey, Co-Director, Violence Reduction Unit.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 29 May, the Committee will consider the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 (day 1).

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee

22 May 2012

7th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 2.30 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4, 5 and 6 in private.

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

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

4. Scotland Act 2012: The Committee will consider possible Standing Order rule changes.

5. Review of Section 7 of Code of Conduct: The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

6. Review of Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

Proposed future business

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Subordinate Legislation Committee

22 May 2012

14th 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 7 and 8 in private.

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

Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2012 [draft];

Mental Health (Safety and Security) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 [draft].

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

Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (East Ayrshire Council) Designation Order 2012 (SSI 2012/137);

Parking Attendants (Wearing of Uniforms) (East Ayrshire Council Parking Area) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/138);

Road Traffic (Parking Adjudicators) (East Ayrshire Council) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/139);

Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (South Ayrshire Council) Designation Order 2012 (SSI 2012/140);

Parking Attendants (Wearing of Uniforms) (South Ayrshire Council Parking Area) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/141);

Road Traffic (Parking Adjudicators) (South Ayrshire Council) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/142);

Rural Payments (Appeals) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/143).

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

Act of Sederunt (Actions for removing from heritable property) 2012 (SSI 2012/136).

5. Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill after Stage 2.

6. Consolidation of instruments: The Committee will consider correspondence in relation to the consolidation of Scottish statutory instruments.

7. Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Health and Sport Committee.

8. Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc.) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 29 May, the Committee expects to consider subordinate legislation.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee

23 May 2012

17th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

Duncan Burt, Head of Customer Service, National Grid;

Ian Funnell, Managing Director, Transmission, SSE;

Ronald Peddie, AMEC Power & Process Europe, Project Director of the Lewis Wind Farm Project;

Scott Mathieson, Regulation and Commercial Director, Scottish Power, Energy Networks;

Dr Richard Blanchfield, Deputy Project Manager and Head of Technical Department, NorthConnect KS;

Jeremy Baster, Grid Consultant to Orkney Islands Council;

and then from—

Paul Nelson, Managing Director, Allied Vehicles;

Rebecca Trengove, Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Axeon;

Shane Slater, Director, elementenergy.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 30 May, the Committee will continue to take evidence on its Renewables inquiry.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Finance Committee

23 May 2012

16th 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 4 and 5 in private.

2. Improving employability: The Committee will take evidence in a roundtable format from:

Allan Callaghan, Managing Director, Cruden Building & Renewals;

David Comerford, Hotel Operations Manager, Menzies Glasgow Hotel;

Marie-Claire Dibbern, Partner, Kelso Graphics;

Amy Dalrymple, Policy and Research Manager, Scottish Chambers of Commerce;

Mary Goodman, Senior Policy Advisor, Federation of Small Businesses;

Tricia Hunter, Managing Director, Minerva People Limited;

Stephen Lyall, Managing Director, Negotiate NOW;

David Paterson, Head of Regional Affairs, Asda;

David Scott, Chief Executive, GTG Training Ltd and Head of Training and Development, Arnold Clark Group;

and then from—

Dr Lesley Sawers, Chief Executive, and Gareth Williams, Head of Policy, Scottish Council for Development and Industry;

Julian Taylor, Director of Stategy and Economics, Scottish Enterprise;

Charlotte Wright, Director of Business & Sector Development, Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

3. Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc.) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc.) (Scotland) Bill.

4. Demographic change and ageing population inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to its inquiry into demographic change and ageing population.

5. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the parliamentary year from 11 May 2011 to 10 May 2012.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 30 May, the Committee expects to take further oral evidence on improving employability and take oral evidence from HM Revenue and Customs on the financial implications of the Scotland Bill.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee

23 May 2012

11th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Property Factors (Code of Conduct) (Scotland) Order 2012 [draft] from—

Keith Brown, Minister for Housing and Transport, Gordon Paterson, Team Leader, Frances Murphy, Senior Policy Officer, Private Housing Services, and Annalee Murphy, Solicitor, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Keith Brown to move S4M-02940—

That the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee recommends that the Property Factors (Code of Conduct) (Scotland) Order 2012 [draft] be approved.

3. Annual report 2011-12: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the parliamentary year from 11 May 2011 to 10 May 2012.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 20 June, will hear evidence from the Scottish Housing Regulator.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Local Government and Regeneration Committee

23 May 2012

13th 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 6 in private.

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

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

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

3. Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc.) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

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

Mr. Peter Muir, Director of Rating, Colliers International;

Gareth Williams, Policy Manager, Scottish Council for Development and Industry;

Mark Rodgers, Director of Housing and Property Services, Waverley Housing.

4. Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc.) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to a fact-finding visit as part of its evidence gathering on the Bill at Stage 1.

5. 2012 Scottish local elections: The Committee will consider its approach to an evidence session on the 2012 Scottish local elections.

6. Public services reform and local government: strand 2 – Benchmarking and Performance Measurement: The Committee will consider whether to seek approval for the appointment of an adviser in connection with its forthcoming inquiry on public services reform and local government: strand 2 – benchmarking and performance measurement.

7. Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc.) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 30 May, the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc.) (Scotland) Bill.

For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee.

 

Public Audit Committee

23 May 2012

8th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

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

2. Section 22 report - The 2006/07 audit of Kilmarnock College: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland report entitled "The 2006/07 audit of Kilmarnock College" from—

Mr Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland;

Russell Frith, Assistant Auditor General, and Mark MacPherson, Portfolio Manager, Performance Audit Group, Audit Scotland.

3. Section 23 report - Commonwealth Games 2014 - Progress report 2: Planning for the delivery of the XXth Games: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government 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".

4. Consideration of approach - The 2006/07 audit of Kilmarnock College: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland's report entitled "The 2006/07 audit of Kilmarnock College".

5. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the parliamentary year from 11 May 2011 to 10 May 2012.

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.


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