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.

Health and Sport Committee
9th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: Rhoda Grant MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Draft Budget 2012-13 and Spending Review 2011 Scrutiny: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2012-13 and Spending Review 2011 from—

Bill Alexander, Director of Social Work, Highland Council;

Melanie Hornett, Nurse Director, NHS Lothian;

John Howie, Health Improvement Programme Manager – Keep Well, NHS Health Scotland;

Gail Trotter, Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) National Implementation Lead, Child and Maternal Health, Scottish Government;

Joan Wilson, Head of Nursing & Vulnerable Children/Families, NHS Tayside;

Rachel Ormston, Research Director, Scottish Centre for Social Research;

and then from—

Martin Woodrow, Scottish Secretary, British Medical Association Scotland;

Theresa Fyffe, Director, Royal College of Nursing Scotland;

Matt McLaughlin, Regional Organiser, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde branch, UNISON.

3. Regulation of care for older people (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Justice Committee
12th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 9.40 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private and also whether to consider in private at future meetings the main themes arising from evidence received on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2012-13 and Spending Review 2011 and its subsequent draft report.

2. Draft Budget 2012-13 and Spending Review 2011 Scrutiny: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2012-13 and Spending Review 2011 from—

The Rt Hon Lord Hamilton, Lord President and Lord Justice General;

Eleanor Emberson, Chief Executive, Scottish Court Service;

and then from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Colin McKay, Deputy Director, Legal System Division, James How, Head of Access to Justice Team, Legal System Division, Richard Dennis, Head of Fire and Rescue Services Division, and Joe Griffin, Acting Deputy Director, Community Justice, Scottish Government.

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

the Prisons and Young Offenders (Scotland) Rules 2011 (SSI 2011/331);

the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2011 (SSI 2011/356).

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following instrument which is not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

the International Criminal Court (Darfur) Order 2011 (SI 2009/699).

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

Education and Culture Committee
9th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Inquiry into the educational attainment of looked after children: The Committee will take evidence from—

Claire Burns, Strategic Policy Implementation Manager, Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland;

and then from—

Phil Barton, Director of Starley Hall, Scottish Children’s Services Coalition;

Bryan Evans, Assistant Director, Children and Family Services, Children 1st;

Sara Lurie, Director, The Fostering Network Scotland.

European and External Relations Committee
6th Meeting, 2011

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 6 in private; and whether its consideration of it’s draft report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2012-13 should be taken in private at a future Committee meeting.

2. Scotland Bill – EU dimension: The Committee will take evidence from—

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Elspeth MacDonald, Deputy Director of Constitution and Europe Division, and Ian Campbell, Head of EU Office in Brussels, Scottish Government.

3. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2012-13: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2012-13 from—

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Heather Jones, Deputy Director of International Division, and Ian Campbell, Head of EU Office in Brussels, Scottish Government.

4. EMILE (European Members Information Liaison and Exchange): The Committee will consider the utility of EMILE and the Scottish Parliament’s participation with the body.

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

6. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2012-13: The Committee will consider the evidence taken earlier in the meeting.

7. Scotland Bill – EU dimension (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence taken earlier in the meeting.

Public Petitions Committee
6th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

PE1404 Access to Insulin Pump Therapy

The Committee will take evidence from-

Jane-Claire Judson, National Director and Stephen Fyfe, Media and Communications Officer, Diabetes UK Scotland;

Dorothy Farquharson

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

PE1115 National and regional transport strategies

PE1124 Ban the manufacture, sale, possession and use of all snares

PE1225 Outbreak of Clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital

PE1350 Return of the Wallace Safe Conduct

PE1372 Access to justice in environmental matters

PE1391 Protecting the right of children to be taught by qualified teachers for 25 hours a week

PE1392 City status by right of "Ancient Prescriptive Usage"

Scotland Bill Committee
9th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 2.30 pm in Committee Room 4

1. The Scotland Bill - evidence on the role of the UK Supreme Court: The Committee will take evidence from—

Paul McBride Q.C., Senior Counsel, Black Chambers;

and then from—

Lord McCluskey, Chair, and Sheriff Charles Stoddart, Member, Supreme Court Review Group;

and then from—

Frank Mulholland Q.C., The Lord Advocate;

and then from—

Rt. Hon. the Lord Wallace of Tankerness Q.C., Advocate General for Scotland, and Paul Johnston, Solicitor to the Advocate General, Office of the Advocate General.

2. The Scotland Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Alan Trench, Honorary senior research fellow, Constitution Unit, University College London.

3. The Scotland Bill: Review of evidence (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard to date.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
9th Meeting, 2011

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 5 in private.

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

Budget (Scotland) Act 2011 Amendment Order 2011 [draft].

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

Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2011 (SSI 2011/357);

Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) Order 2011 (SI 2011/2439).

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

Forced Marriage etc. (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Act 2011 (Commencement) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/352 (C. 32));

Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules Amendment No. 6) (Sexual Offences Prevention Order) 2011 (SSI 2011/355).

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider correspondence in relation to commencement orders and transitional provisions.