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.

Education and Culture Committee
15th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. National Gaelic Language Plan 2012-17 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

2. Work programme (in private): The Committee will review its work programme.

Justice Committee
18th Meeting, 2011

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 3 and 4 in private.

2. The Carloway Review: The Committee will take evidence from—

Brian McConnachie QC;

James Chalmers, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh;

Fiona Raitt, Professor of Evidence and Social Justice, University of Dundee;

Bill McVicar, Convener, Criminal Law Committee, and Alan McCreadie, Deputy Director of Law Reform, Law Society of Scotland;

and then from—

Peter Duff, Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Aberdeen;

Chief Constable David Strang, Lothian and Borders Police, and Chief Superintendent Paul Main, Strathclyde Police, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland;

Gerard Sinclair, Chief Executive, Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

3. Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will further consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

4. Female Offenders: The Committee will review its fact-finding visits to HMP and YOI Cornton Vale, HMP Edinburgh and the 218 Centre for Women Offenders in Glasgow and consider any future work.

Health and Sport Committee
18th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Advertising and Trading) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/draft) from—

Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Odette Burgess, Senior Policy Officer, Games Delivery Team, and Mark Eggeling, Solicitor, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Shona Robison MSP to move S4M-01536—

That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Advertising and Trading) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 [draft] be approved.

4. Ministerial Priorities: The Committee will take evidence from—

Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Derek Grieve, Team Leader, Sport and Physical Activity Policy, Karen Lax, Head of Games Legacy and Benefits Team, and Derek Bearhop, Head of Games Delivery, Scottish Government.

5. Petition PE1378: The Committee will consider a Petition by Mairi Johnston calling on the Scottish Parliament to ask the Scottish Government to raise awareness of the dangers of silicone breast implants and to urge the UK Government to ban the use of such implants and review the 3-year time bar rule for medical injury.

6. Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

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

Equal Opportunities Committee
10th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

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

2. Mobility and Access Committee Scotland: The Committee will take evidence on the Mobility and Access Committee Scotland’s annual report and recommendations from—

Anne MacLean, Convener, Bob Benson, Member, and Annette Monaghan, Member, Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland.

3. Community transport: The Committee will take evidence from—

Gordon Muir, Managing Director, The Rural Development Trust;

Rachel Milne, General Manager, Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus.

4. Homelessness and young people: The Committee will consider its approach to conducting an inquiry into homelessness and young people.

5. Draft Budget 2012-13 and Spending Review 2011 scrutiny: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2012-13 and Spending Review 2011.

European and External Relations Committee
8th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 8 and 9 in private.

2. EU Structural Funds: The Committee will take evidence in a round-table discussion from—

Lesley Cannon, EU Funding Manager, Scotland Europa;

Malcolm Leitch, Principal Officer, Glasgow City Council (representing West of Scotland European Forum (WOSEF));

Ingrid Green, Policy Officer, East of Scotland European Consortium (ESEC);

Morag Keith, Business Manager, West of Scotland Colleges’ Partnership (WoSCoP);

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC);

Serafin Pazos-Vidal, Head of Brussels Office, COSLA;

Linda Stewart, Head of European Development, University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

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

4. Visit to Brussels: The Committee will consider a report of its visit to Brussels.

5. Horizon 2020: The Committee will consider a report on a conference regarding Horizon 2020 from the Committee’s reporter, Aileen McLeod MSP.

6. Commission Work Programme (CWP) 2012: The Committee will consider a first stage report on the Scottish Parliament committees’ engagement with the CWP 2012.

7. Committee of the Regions (CoR): The Committee will consider a proposal reporting system for the Scottish Parliament’s CoR members.

8. Horizon 2020: The Committee will consider a report from its meeting on 15 November of its round table discussion with stakeholders regarding Horizon 2020.

9. EU Structural Funds: The Committee will consider the evidence taken earlier in the meeting.

Public Petitions Committee
9th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

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

PE1409 Bridging the Training Gap - Training for education staff on learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders

The Committee will take evidence from-

Linda Whitmore, Development Officer, Children and Young People, Nigel Over, Trustee and Amanda Bradley, Member, ENABLE Scotland.

PE1410 Developing a fruitful future for all young Scots

The Committee will take evidence from-

John Hancox, Chair of Scottish Orchards and Director of the Children’s Orchard;

Mike Hyatt, Landscape Architect;

Jim Paterson, Tarbert and Skipness Development Trust.

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

PE1098 and PE1223 School bus safety

PE1236 A90/A937 safety improvements

PE1351 Time for all to be heard

PE1369 Having regard to young people when considering changes to leisure and cultural facilities

PE1383 Better protection for wild land

PE1389 Adverse impact of coastguard station closures

PE1398 Access to therapy for orphan diseases

PE1399 Equitable access to therapy for Pompe disease

PE1401 Access to therapy for paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria

PE1402 A strategy and policy for diagnosing and treating adult ADHD in Scotland

PE1403 Improve support and assistance to victims of crime and their families

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
10th Meeting, 2011

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 3 in private.

2. Cross-Party Group: The Committee will consider an application for recognition from the proposed Cross-Party Group on Asthma.

3. Commission for Ethical Standards: The Committee will consider a letter from the SPCB.

4. European strategy (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

5. Reform of parliamentary business: remodelling the parliamentary week (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Scotland Bill Committee
15th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 2.30 pm in Q1-04

1. Scotland Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
15th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 2.30 pm in Committee Room 3

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

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

Marine Licensing (Exempted Activities) (Scottish Inshore and Offshore Regions) Amendment Order 2012 [draft].

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

Control of Volatile Organic Compounds (Petrol Vapour Recovery) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/418);

Police (Retention and Disposal of Motor Vehicles (Scotland) Amendment Revocation Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/429).

4. National Library of Scotland Bill: The Committee will consider the contents of a draft report.