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Section C – Future Committee Meetings

This section includes the agendas of the forthcoming committee meetings and outlines proposed future business, which may be subject to change. Committees have the right to take items in private and this will be notified as far in advance as possible.

Many committees include details of their future business on their webpages, which can be accessed at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/committees/index.htm

Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee
25 September 2006
5th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Oral evidence on whether the Bill should proceed as a Private Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Hugh Lucas, Secretary, Airdrie & District Angling Club
Archie Craig, Treasurer, Airdrie & District Angling Club
Andrew and Cornelia Macvicar

Panel 2

Alex McArthur, Monklands Sailing Club
Brian Hendrie, Monklands Sailing Club
Irene Bennie

Panel 3

Ian McKay, Director of Scottish Affairs, Royal Mail Group
Julie Morrison, Head of External Relations, Royal Mail Group
Andrew Wood, West of Scotland Area General Manager, Royal Mail
John Manson, East of Scotland Area General Manager, Royal Mail

Panel 4

Duncan Robertson, Senior Environment Protection Officer, SEPA
Angela Burke, Planning Officer, SEPA
Erica Knott, Casework Support Officer, SNH
Ian Bray, Area Officer (West Lothian), SNH

Panel 5

David Baxter, Senior Planning Officer, North Lanarkshire Council
Paul Baker, Ecologist, Community Services, North Lanarkshire Council
David McDove, Traffic and Transportation Team Leader, North Lanarkshire Council
Jeff Toner, Pollution Control Team Leader, North Lanarkshire Council

Panel 6

Graeme Malcolm, Transportation Policy Manager, West Lothian Council
Chris Norman, Chief Planning Officer, West Lothian Council
Andrew Blake, Environmental Health and Trading Standards Manager, West Lothian Council

Panel 7

Ron McAulay, Director, Network Rail Scotland
Elaine Hunter, Senior Rail Project Surveyor, Network Rail
Hannah Murray, Account Executive, Harrison Cowley
Alan Macmillan, Principal Project Sponsor, Network Rail

Panel 8

Ron McAulay, Director, Network Rail Scotland
Elaine Hunter, Senior Rail Project Surveyor, Network Rail
Alison Gorlov, Partner, John Kennedy & Co
Odell Milne, Associate, Brodies

Panel 9

Ron McAulay, Director, Network Rail Scotland
Alison Gorlov, Partner, John Kennedy & Co
Stephen Harte, Associate, MacRoberts

Panel 10

Ron McAulay, Director, Network Rail Scotland
Elaine Hunter, Senior Rail Project Surveyor, Network Rail
Karen Gribben, Legal Adviser, Network Rail
Alison Gorlov, Partner, John Kennedy & Co

Panel 11

Ron McAulay, Director, Network Rail Scotland
Jackie McLean, Senior Planner, Ironside Farrar
Bernadette McKell, Noise Consultant, Hamilton McGregor
David Bell, Ecologist, ECOS

Panel 12

Ron McAulay, Director, Network Rail Scotland
Hugh Wark, Senior Project Manager, Network Rail
Karen Gribben, Legal Adviser, Network Rail
Alison Gorlov, Partner, John Kennedy & Co

2. Consideration of late objections: The Committee will consider a paper on late objections to the Bill.

3. Preliminary consideration of objections: The Committee will consider a paper on the preliminary consideration of objections.

4. Appointment of assessor and approach to Consideration Stage: The Committee will consider a paper on the appointment of an assessor and its approach to Consideration Stage.

5. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to consider its draft Preliminary Stage report in private at future meetings.

6. Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill (in private): The Committee will consider evidence taken during the meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 October, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on the Bill.

For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Audit Committee
26 September 2006
13th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 2

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 9, 10 and 11 in private.

2. Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments, Agencies and NDPBs: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments, Agencies and NDPBs" (AGS/2006/9).

3. Scottish Prison Service: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his section 22 report entitled "The 2005/06 Audit of the Scottish Prison Service".

4. How Government Works: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to its 1st report 2006 entitled "Supporting New Initiatives and Leadership Development".

5. Tackling Waiting Times: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to its 3rd report 2006 entitled "Tackling Waiting Times in the NHS in Scotland".

6. Scottish Executive Progress Report on Committee Recommendations: The Committee will consider a Scottish Executive Progress Report on Committee Recommendations.

7. Audit Scotland Future Study Programme: The Committee will consider its response to Audit Scotland’s consultation on its future study programme.

8. Subordinate Legislation: Tom McCabe MSP (Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform) to move S2M-4735 –

That the Audit Committee recommends that the draft Construction Contracts (Scotland) Exclusion Amendment Order 2006 be approved.

9. Consideration of Approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the AGS reports entitled "Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments, Agencies and NDPBs" (AGS/2006/9) and "The 2005/06 Audit of the Scottish Prison Service".

10. Teaching Profession: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at its meeting on 12 September 2006 on its inquiry into the AGS report entitled "A first stage review of the cost and implementation of the teachers’ agreement A Teaching Profession for the 21st Century" (AGS/2006/6).

11. Consultant Contract: The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the AGS repprt entitled "Implementing the NHS consultant contract in Scotland" (AGS/2006/02).

Proposed future business

The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry on community planning at a future meeting.

For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Finance Committee
26 September 2006
23rd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Budget process 2007-08: The Committee will consider papers from the budget adviser.

2. Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill.

3. Commissioned research on the impact of the Scottish Budget on the Scottish Economy (in private): The Committee will receive a briefing on its commissioned research.

4. Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 October, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Scottish Women’s Budget Group as part of the Budget Process 2007-08. The Committee will then consider a response from Unison and correspondence from the Equal Opportunities Commission on its inquiry into the financial implications of the Local Authority Single Status Agreement. The Committee will also consider a further response from the Scottish Executive on its Cross-cutting Expenditure Review on Deprivation. The Committee will also consider its draft report on the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill and its approach to financial memoranda for forthcoming legislation.

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on the Budget Process 2007-08 and financial memoranda at future meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
26 September 2006
26th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following bill—

Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—

Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

3. Executive responses: The Committee will consider further the following Executive responses—

the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);

the Robert Gordon University (Transfer and Closure) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/461);

the Environmental Noise (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/465)

the Race Relations Act 1976 (Statutory Duties) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/467); and

the Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/468).

4. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

the Social Work Inspections (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).

5. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—

the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Severance Payments) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/471).

6. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—

the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional Provision) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/469);

the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/470); and

the Clackmannanshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/472).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 October, the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure.

For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Enterprise and Culture Committee
26 September 2006
22nd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 5).

2. European structural funds research: The Committee will consider a paper from SPICe.

3. Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 October, it is expected that the Committee will continue to consider the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2, take oral evidence on the 2007/08 budgets and consider its approach to the proposed bill to establish a national register of tartans. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

European and External Relations Committee
26 September 2006
13th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 9 and 10 in private.

2. Scottish Executive’s current EU priorities: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Executive’s progress against its EU priorities for 2006 from─

Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform

3. Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM(S2) 3.1) from─

George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Business

4. Inquiry into the European Commission’s Strategy for Growth and Jobs: The Committee will take evidence from─

Charlie Woods, Chief Economist and Senior Director, Strategy and Janet Brown, Managing Director, Industries, Scottish Enterprise

5. Inquiry into possible co-operation between Scotland and Ireland: The Committee will consider the Scottish Executive’s response to its report.

6. The European Commission’s Work Programme 2006 - Tracking issues identified by the Committee: The Committee will consider an update paper.

7. Pre- and post-EU Council scrutiny: The Committee will discuss the agendas and information received from the Scottish Executive on the following meetings of the Council of the EU─

Forthcoming Councils

Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), 10 October
Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 12 October
Justice and Home Affairs Council, 5-6 October

Previous Councils

Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), 14 July

8. Sift of EC/EU documents and draft legislation: The Committee will consider the latest list of EC/EU documents and draft legislative proposals received for this meeting.

9. Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (in private): The Committee will consider issues for inclusion in its draft report.

10. European Commission’s Energy Green Paper Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft response.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 October, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on its inquiry into the European Commission’s Strategy for Growth and Jobs. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 1 Committee
26 September 2006
32nd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to take consideration of whether to accept written evidence after the deadline for submission of written evidence in private at this and future meetings.

2. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry: The Committee will consider whether to accept written evidence received after the deadline for submission of written evidence.

3. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry: The Committee will consider the possible contents of its report on its inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 September, it is expected that the Committee will meet jointly with Justice 2 Committee to consider the Budget Process 2007-08.

The Committee expects to continue to consider the possible contents of its draft report on its inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office at future meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 2 Committee
26 September 2006
23rd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

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

The Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/456)

The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications and Savings) (No. 2) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/457).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 October, it is expected that the Committee will continue to consider Stage 2 amendments to the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill.

For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Local Government and Transport Committee
26 September 2006
23rd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

2. Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Odell Milne, Alison Bourne and Tina Woolnough, objectors to Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill

and then from—

Joanne Teal, McGrigors

and then from—

Ron McAulay, Director, Network Rail Scotland, Nigel Wunsch, Principal Route Planner, Network Rail and Karen Gribben, Legal Advisor, Network Rail

and then from—

James McCulloch, Chief Reporter, Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit

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

the Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (City of Glasgow, Perth and Kinross Council, Aberdeen City Council, Dundee City Council and South Lanarkshire Council) Designation Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/446)

4. Freight transport inquiry: The Committee will consider whether to request approval for an extension to the contract of the adviser.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 October, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will also begin to take evidence on the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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