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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

Justice Committee
17 November 2009
31st Meeting, 2009

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 8 in private.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on the draft Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) (No. 3) Order 2009 should be taken in private at its next meeting.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway) etc Order 2009 (SSI 2009/332) from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Gerry Bonnar, Criminal Procedure Division, and Stephen Crilly, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government;
Eric McQueen, Director of Field Services, Scottish Court Service;
Gertie Wallace, Policy Division, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

4. Subordinate legislation: Cathy Jamieson MSP to move S3M-5169—

That the Justice Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway) etc Order 2009 (SSI 2009/332).

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) (No. 3) Order 2009 from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Gerry Bonnar, Criminal Procedure Division, Karen Stewart, Criminal Procedure Division, and Anne-Louise House, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

6. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Justice) to move S3M-5126—

That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) (No.3) Order 2009 be approved.

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

the Police (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/372).

8. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider and agree a draft report on the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway) etc Order 2009 (SSI 2009/332).

9. Legal Services (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser to assist with its scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1 and will review its list of those to be invited to give oral evidence on the Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider a number of items of subordinate legislation.

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

European and External Relations Committee
17 November 2009
13th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Rhona Brankin MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.

3. EU Budget review inquiry: The Committee will take evidence on the Common Agricultural Policy, energy and climate change from—

Duncan McLaren, Chief Executive, Friends of the Earth Scotland;
Allan Bowie, Vice President, National Farmers Union Scotland;
Becky Shaw, Policy Officer, Scottish Crofting Federation;
Jonathan Hughes, Director of Conservation with Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scottish Environment LINK;
Prof Paul Mitchell, Board Member, Scottish European Green Energy Centre, University of Aberdeen;
John Thomson, Director of Strategy and Communications, Scottish Natural Heritage;
Grant Thom, Parliamentary Officer, Scottish Renewables;

and then on regional policy, competitiveness and innovation from—

Rob Clarke, Head of International Development, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;
Donald MacInnes, Chief Executive of Scotland Europa, Scottish Enterprise;
Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC;
Alastair Sim, Director, Universities Scotland.

4. Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the Brussels Bulletin.

5. Treaty of Lisbon inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 15 December, it is expected that the Committee will take further oral evidence on its inquiry on the European Union Budget Review.

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

Finance Committee
17 November 2009
26th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s Budget 2010-11: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s budget for 2010-11 from—

Tom McCabe MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, Paul Grice, Clerk and Chief Executive, and Derek Croll, Head of Financial Resources, Scottish Parliament.

2. Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Bill from—

Sharon Bell, AiB Head of Policy Development Team, David Ferguson, Bill Manager, Chris Graham, Access to Justice Team Leader, Jane MacDonald, Scottish Courts Service Policy and Legislation Branch, and Stephen Sandham, Team Leader of Housing Support Advice and Standards, Scottish Government.

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill should be taken in private at future meetings.

4. Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

5. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11 (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11, in order to inform the drafting of its report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Autumn Budget Revision.

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

Public Petitions Committee
17 November 2009
16th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: Rhona Brankin MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. PE1108 Availability of cancer treatment drugs The Committee will take evidence from—

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Colin Brown, Health Quality and Safety, and Jennifer Armstrong, Senior Medical Officer, Scottish Government

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

PE1292 Fairtrade food in schools
The Committee will take evidence from Julia Standing, Erin Young, Laura Stebbings and Seonag Robertson, Dyce Academy
PE1290 Save our sweets
PE1291 Why 17? Saving babies lives in Scotland
The Committee will take evidence from Marion Currie, Ann McMurray, Scotland Network Convenor, and Neal Long, Chief Executive, Sands (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity)
PE1279 Physical disability: an end to ignoring national reports
PE1283 Misleading postal codes
PE1287 Information within patient medical records
PE1293 Preserving playing fields

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

PE504 Publication of criminal memoirs
PE1103 Violence against women
PE1124 Ban on snares
PE1139 Scottish Agricultural Wages Board
PE1149 Parking bays for disabled drivers
PE1180 Further Education provision for students with complex needs
PE1204 Support and promotion of bone marrow services
PE1225 Outbreak of clostridium difficile
PE1229 Processing of biological information
PE1234 Class action procedure in Scots law
PE1241 Review of contract - HMP Kilmarnock
PE1250 Development on playing fields and open spaces
PE1258 Fairer funding framework for the voluntary sector

5. Notification of new petitions: The Committee will consider a paper indicating new petitions lodged since the last Committee meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on improving NHS translation and interpretation services; class sizes and parental choice; NHS availability of low dose Naltrexone and safe guardian law (child protection legislation). The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on Stirling before pylons; review of the Stewart Committee report; mandatory sentencing for knife crime; A90/A937; same sex marriage; right to same sex marriage and mixed civil partnership; faith schools; national suggestion box; school closures - children with support needs; inquiry into the impact of school and nursery closures; asbestos management plan for schools and fair access to the community for all.

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

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
17 November 2009
13th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

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

3. Review of Section 2 of the Code of Conduct: The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

4. Financial Resolutions and Financial Memoranda inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

5. Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a further paper on possible changes to Standing Orders arising as a consequence of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill and other possible changes to Chapter 10 of Standing Orders.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill and its review of Section 2 of the Code of Conduct.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
17 November 2009
30th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Declaration of interests: Margaret Curran MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 6 in private.

3. Legal Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Glasgow City Council Area and North Lanarkshire Council Area (Cardowan by Stepps) Boundaries Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/368);
the Railway Closures (Exclusion) Scotland Order 2009 (SSI 2009/371);
the Feed (Specified Undesirable Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/373);
the Food Labelling (Declaration of Allergens) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/374);
the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Transitory Provisions in Consequence of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (Northern Ireland) Order 2007) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/375);
the Rural Payments (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/376);
the Planning (Control of Major–Accident Hazards) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/378);
Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) (Diligence) 2009 (SSI 2009/379);
the Home Energy Assistance Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/392).

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

the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No. 5 and Transitional) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/369);
Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No. 8) (Motions Procedure) 2009 (SSI 2009/387);
the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional and Savings Provisions) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/393).

6. Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its response to a consultation from the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider, in private, a draft report on the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

Health and Sport Committee
18 November 2009
30th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (Appointment of Medical Members) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/359).

2. Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill : The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).

3. Forthcoming legislation: The Committee will consider its approach to forthcoming legislation on alcohol.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 December, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on its inquiry into Clinical portal technology and the Scottish Centre for Telehealth, consider subordinate legislation on the Pharmacy Order 2010; consider petitions on sleep apnoea and GP out of hours service, and consider its inquiry into out-of-hours health care provision in rural areas. The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its inquiry into Clinical portal technology and the Scottish Centre for Telehealth at subsequent meetings.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
18 November 2009
30th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Albert Oswald, Head of Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department, Dundee City Council;
David Robertson, Environmental Health Officer, Aberdeenshire Council;
Eric Ferguson, Regional Chair, and Dennis Hearsum, Dog Control and Welfare Co-ordinator, National Dog Warden Association;

and then from—

Mike Flynn, Chief Superintendent, Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals;
George Leslie, Chairperson, Canine Concern Scotland Trust.

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

the Glasgow City Council Area and North Lanarkshire Council Area (Cardowan by Stepps) Boundaries Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/368).

3. Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence heard to date.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 November, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill and consider subordinate legislation.

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

Public Audit Committee
18 November 2009
17th Meeting, 2009

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 3 in private.

2. Section 23 report - Scotland’s public finances, Preparing for the future: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Scotland’s public finances, Preparing for the future".

3. Consideration of approach - Scotland’s public finances, Preparing for the future: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Scotland’s public finances, Preparing for the future".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 December, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Review of Cairngorm funicular railway". It is also expected that the Committee will consider further briefings from the Auditor General for Scotland in relation to reports he has recently published.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
18 November 2009
28th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Marine (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

2. Fisheries Council and Common Fisheries Policy reform (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Common Fisheries Policy.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Marine (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2; and a draft report on the Common Fisheries Policy.

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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
18 November 2009
30th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. The way forward for Scotland’s banking, building society and financial services sector inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Irmfried Schwimann, Director for Markets and Cases III - Financial Services, DG Competition, European Commission;

and then from—

Michael Kirkwood, Board Member, Sam Woods, Chief Operating Officer, and John Compton, Head of Market Investments, UK Financial Investments Ltd.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 November, the Committee will continue to take evidence on its banking/financial services inquiry.

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

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