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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

Audit Committee

22 February 2005

4th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 4, 5 and 6 in private.

2. NHS Overview 8th Committee Report: The Committee will consider a follow-up response from the Scottish Executive to its 8th Report 2004 entitled "Overview of the National Health Service in Scotland 2002-03."

3. National Galleries: The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into the section 22 report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "The 2003/04 Audit of the National Galleries of Scotland" from-

Sir Timothy Clifford, Director-General, National Galleries of Scotland; Mr Mike Ewart, Head of Department and David Brew, Head of Cultural Policy Division, Scottish Executive Education Department.

4. National Galleries: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 3 on the section 22 report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "The 2003/04 Audit of the National Galleries of Scotland."

5. NHS Financial Performance Overview: The Committee will consider evidence for its inquiry into the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Overview of the Financial Performance of the NHS in Scotland" (AGS/2004/12).

6. Commissioning Community Care Services for Older People and Management of Community Equipment: The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the reports by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Commissioning Community Care Services for Older People" (AGS/2004/8) and "Adapting to the future: management of community equipment and adaptations" (AGS/2004/9).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the section 22 report on Argyll and Clyde NHS Board’s accounts.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee

22 February 2005

6th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 4

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Executive in relation to the following Bill—

The Fire (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2.

2. Executive responses: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to points raised on the following—

the Landfill Allowances Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (draft).

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

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order, (SSI 2005/69).

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

the Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contribution Limits (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/62);

the Water (Prevention of Pollution) (Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/63);

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/64);

the Possession of Pesticides (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/66);

the Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/67); and

the Food (Pistachios from Iran) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/70).

5. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No. 3) (Scotland) Order 2004 Revocation Order 2005, (SSI 2005/56);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Nos. 5 and 9) (Scotland) Orders 2004 Partial Revocation Order 2005, (SSI 2005/68); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Radioactivity in Sheep) Partial Revocation (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/71).

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

Act of Sederunt (Registration Appeal Court) 2005, (SSI 2005/59);

Act of Sederunt (Summary Applications, Statutory Applications and Appeals etc. Rules) Amendment (Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003) 2005, (SSI 2005/61); and

the Annual Close Time (Esk Salmon Fishery District) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/72).

Equal Opportunities Committee

22 February 2005

4th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 15 March, it is expected that the Committee will review the Gypsy/Traveller evidence.

The Committee will also continue its inquiry into Disability. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Finance Committee

22 February 2005

6th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Relocation of Public Sector Jobs: The Committee will take evidence on the Executive’s new Relocation Guide from—

Grahame Smith, Deputy General Secretary STUC; Matt Smith, STUC Treasurer/Scottish Secretary, Unison; Eddie Reilly, Scottish Secretary, PCS; Alan Denney, National Officer, Prospect and Jim Caldwell, Scottish Secretary, FDA.

2. Efficient Government: The Committee will take evidence on the Executive’s Efficient Government Initiative, including issues regarding Civil Service Reform from—

Grahame Smith, Deputy General Secretary STUC; Matt Smith, STUC Treasurer/Scottish Secretary, Unison; Eddie Reilly, Scottish Secretary, PCS; Alan Denney, National Officer, Prospect and Jim Caldwell, Scottish Secretary, FDA.

3. Budget Process 2005-06: The Committee will consider a paper from its budget adviser on the Executive’s response to its report on Stage 2 of the 2005-06 Budget Process.

4. Cross-cutting expenditure review of Deprivation: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

5. Scottish Consolidated Fund Accounts: The Committee will note a briefing on the Scottish Consolidated Fund Accounts.

6. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft report on its Cross-cutting expenditure review on Economic Development in private at its next and any subsequent meetings.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 March, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill; consider any issues it wishes to raise over the Executive’s relocation guide and consider a draft report on its Cross-cutting review of Economic Development.

The Committee expects to consider its response to the Executive on its Relocation Guide and consider its approach to various Executive bills at subsequent meetings. The Committee is also planning to carry out a cross-cutting expenditure review of deprivation later in the year and carrying out further work on monitoring the Executive’s Efficient Government initiative. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Standards Committee

22 February 2005

2nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider an application to establish a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on the Civil Nuclear Industry.

2. Review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs: The Committee will consider a draft letter to the former members of the Code of Conduct Working Group regarding the Committee’s review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs.

3. Commissioner for Public Appointments: The Committee will consider papers by the Procedures Committee in relation to the laying and consideration of reports of non-compliance.

Proposed future business

The Committee expects to continue its review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs at subsequent meetings and to continue its work on replacing the Members’ Interests Order. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Enterprise and Culture Committee

22 February 2005

5th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

2. Scottish Rugby Union: The Committee will take evidence from:

Gordon Dixon, President; Fred McLeod, Acting Chairman and Interim Chief Executive, and Ian McGeechan, Director of Rugby, Scottish Rugby Union;

Phil Anderton, former Chief Executive of Scottish Rugby Union;

Archie Ferguson and Norman Douglas, General Committee, Scottish Rugby Union.

3. Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

4. Review of Area Tourist Boards: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Bill and subordinate legislation on the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2005 (draft).

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

Environment and Rural Development Committee

22 February 2005

6th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Inquiry into climate change: The Committee will take evidence from—

Gerry Metcalf, Project Manager, UK Climate Impacts Programme;

Professor David Crichton, Benfield Hazard Research Centre;

Dr Bernie Bulkin, Chair of the Energy and Transport Steering Group, UK Sustainable Development Commission.

Not before 3.00 pm

2. Inquiry into climate change: The Committee will take evidence from—

Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

3. Inquiry into climate change: The Committee will consider whether to discuss a draft report in private at future meetings.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider subordinate legislation, including a motion to recommend approval of the draft Landfill Allowances Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2005 and a motion to annul the Conservation of Salmon (Esk Salmon Fishery District) Regulations 2005 (SSI/2005/24).

The Committee expects to consider a draft report for its inquiry into climate change at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

European and External Relations Committee

22 February 2005

3rd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Scotland’s contribution to the G8 Summit and the UK Presidency of the EU 2005: The Committee will take evidence from—

G8 Summit – International Development Panel

Judith Robertson – Head of Oxfam in Scotland

Sue Fisher – Acting Programme Director, Save the Children in Scotland

G8 Summit – Environmental Panel

Fred Edwards – President, Scottish Environmental Link

Jessica Pepper – Parliamentary Officer, Scottish Environmental Link

Duncan McLaren – Chief Executive, Friends of the Earth Scotland

2. 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

ECOFIN Council, 17 February

Education, Youth and Culture Council, 21 February

Justice and Home Affairs Council, 24 February

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 28 February

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs, 3-4 March

Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research) Council, 7 March

ECOFIN Council, 8 March

Environment Council, 10 March

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 16-17 March

Previous Councils

ECOFIN Council, 18 January

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 24 January

3. 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.

4. Convener’s Report: The Convener will update the Committee on the—

Letter and accompanying documents from Mr Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform concerning the European Union Bill and Sewel Motion.

Letter from Mr Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform in response to the Committee’s letter to the First Minister concerning a Scottish Institute/Forum for European and International Affairs.

Arrangements for the Committee visit to Brussels on 28 February – 1 March.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 March, the Committee expects to take evidence on its G8/UK Presidency inquiry. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 2 Committee

22 February 2005

5th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider to take item 6 in private.

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

The Community Reparation Orders (Requirements for Consultation and Prescribed Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/18).

3. Petition PE752: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Convener of the Equal Opportunities Committee in relation to PE752 on behalf of Scottish Women Against Pornography, calling for the Scottish Parliament to define pornographic material as incitement to sexual hatred and to make such incitement an offence similar to that of incitement to racial hatred.

4. Procedures Committee Inquiry on the Sewel Convention: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

5. Scottish Prison Service: The Committee will receive a briefing from—

Bob Leishman, Senior Manager performance audit, and Phil Grigor, Project Manager performance audit, Audit Scotland, on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland, "Scottish Prison Service: Correctional opportunities for prisoners".

6. Forthcoming Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will receive a briefing from Scottish Executive officials.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 March, the Committee will consider the draft Youth Justice report (in private).

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

Local Government and Transport Committee

22 February 2005

7th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. First ScotRail: The Committee will take evidence from—

Gordon Dewar, Commercial Director, First ScotRail

2. Trunk Road Maintenance Contracts: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

3. Tendering of Ferry Services in the Clyde and Hebrides: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive and a briefing from SPICe.

4. The proposed Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to appoint an adviser.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 March, it is anticipated that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill from the Deputy Minister for Justice, Sandra Hood, the Chair of the Expert Working Group on Prostitution, and Margo Macdonald MSP.

The Committee expects to consider a draft report on the Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Health Committee

22 February 2005

5th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee (Mrs Nanette Milne) will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 5 and 6 in private.

3. Subordinate legislation: Rhona Brankin (Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care) to move the following motions—

S2M-2344—that the Health Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) (No.2) Order 2005 be approved; and

S2M-2439—that the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/69) be approved.

4. Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Iain Wallace, Medical Director, Primary Care Division, NHS Greater Glasgow

Mary Morton, Acting Chief Pharmacist, NHS Highland

Catherine Lush, Clinical Dental Manager, NHS Highland

Martyn Evans, Director, Scottish Consumer Council

Joyce Shearer, Voluntary Member, Fife Local Health Council

Andrew Lamb, National Director, British Dental Association

Hal Rollason, Chairman, Optometry Scotland

James Semple, Chairman, Scottish Pharmaceutical Federation

Alex McKinnon, Head of Professional Services Development, Scottish Pharmaceutical General Council

Dr Hamish Wilson, Head of Primary Care Division, Scottish Executive Health Department

Eric Gray, Primary Care Division, Team Leader, Dental and Ophthalmic Services, Scottish Executive Health Department

Chris Naldrett, Primary Care Division, Team Leader, Pharmacy Issues Team, Scottish Executive Health Department.

5. Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session.

6. Eating disorders inquiry: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meetings on 1, 8, 15 and 22 March, the Committee will continue to take evidence as part of its Stage 1 consideration of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill.

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

Communities Committee

23 February 2005

6th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its meeting on 2 March, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the Executive’s Draft Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 16: Opencast Coal.

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

Justice 1 Committee

23 February 2005

5th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 March, it is expected that the Committee will further consider the draft report on Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to agree the report on Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at a subsequent meeting. The Committee will also consider its approach to the Family Law (Scotland) Bill. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Education Committee

23 February 2005

5th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. The General Teaching Council for Scotland Annual Report: The Committee will note the Annual Report of The General Teaching Council for Scotland and take evidence from—

Matthew MacIver, Chief Executive/Registrar

Norma Anne Watson, Convener of Council.

2. Pupil Motivation Inquiry: The Committee will receive a summary of evidence, will consider an approach paper and will take evidence from—

Ruth Campbell, Policy Manager, Pupil Support and Inclusion Division

Lynn Hendry, Project Director, "Determined To Succeed", Scottish Executive Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider Stage 2 of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee will continue work on its pupil motivation and early years inquiries at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Public Petitions Committee

23 February 2005

3rd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—

PE808 Establishment of a specialist inpatient mental health unit and provision of resources for mainstream services for deaf and deafblind people in Scotland. Michael Davis, Drena O’Malley and Lilian Lawson, all of the Scottish Council on Deafness, will make a brief statement in support of the petition.

PE810 Rejection of proposals by the UK Environment Agency to introduce a rod licence system on the Border Esk. Aeneas Nicolson will make a brief statement in support of his petition accompanied by Mark Oddy.

PE812 Potential health hazards of long-term exposure to electromagnetic fields from high voltage transmission lines. Caroline Paterson will make a brief statement in support of her petition accompanied by Professor Olle Johansson and Ian Paterson.

PE809 Legislation to provide third parties with a right of appeal regarding planning applications.

PE813 Review existing planning procedures and guidance in relation to using playing field land for development purposes.

PE820 Adequate funding for therapeutic work initiatives

3. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—

PE701 Review of consultation arrangements regarding school closures and mergers. The Committee will consider any action to be taken on the petition.

PE702 Review of the Code of Conduct for Councillors 2003 regarding planning applications. The Committee will consider a response from the Standards Commission.

PE704 UNISON Scotland’s NHS Food for Good Charter. The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Health and Community Care, the NHS Property Environment Forum and the petitioner.

PE712 Appropriate legal protection for greenbelt land.

PE724 Review of Executive policy on green belt sites. The Committee will consider any action to be taken on the petition.

PE734 Promoting the aims of the Global Campaign for Education. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and the Commissioner for Children and Young People.

PE740 Amending the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act regarding planning applications. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute and Planning Aid for Scotland.

PE771 Adequate guidance for local authorities to safeguard the provision of playing fields and recreational open space. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and sportscotland.

4. Witness expenses: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider petitions on NHS24 services in rural areas; Reform of the law of trust; Ban on smoking in public places; Review of distribution of Education Maintenance Allowance payments; Composition of the Justice Committees; and Planning applications for change of use of recreational spaces.

The Committee is also expected to give further consideration to petitions on the Electoral Commission’s role; Services for adults with learning disabilities living at home; School holidays; Provision of electricity for Gypsy/Traveller sites; Closure of Post Offices; Review of the operation and effectiveness of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976 and Upgrading the Laurencekirk/Marykirk junction on the A90.

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

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee

23 February 2005

3rd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 11.45 am in Committee Room 3

1. Consideration of late objection: The Committee will consider a paper on a late objection to the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill.

Proposed future business

The Committee’s Preliminary Stage report is being debated by the Parliament on Wednesday 23 February. If the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Bill and that the Bill should proceed as a Private Bill, the Committee will begin its Consideration Stage proceedings in due course. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.



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