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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
17 May 2005
10th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in private.

2. AGS Report on Bowel Cancer Services: The Committee will consider lines of questioning for the witnesses at agenda item 5.

3. AGS Waste Management Report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled “Waste Management in Scottish Hospitals – a follow-up report” (AGS/2005/3).

4. AGS Section 22 Reports: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the section 22 reports by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled—

The 2003-04 Audit of Lews Castle College;
The 2003-04 Audit of West Lothian College; and
The 2003-04 Audit of Inverness College.

5. AGS Report on Bowel Cancer Services: The Committee will take evidence on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled “A Review of Bowel Cancer Services: An early diagnosis” (AGS/2005/2) from

Dr Kevin Woods, Head of Scottish Executive Health Department and Chief Executive of the NHS in Scotland; David Steel, Chief Executive, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland; Mr Ian Finlay, Consultant Surgeon, Glasgow Royal Infirmary; Mrs Pauline Ferguson, Programme Manager, Cancer Services Improvement Programme, Centre for Change and Innovation; and Mr Fergus Millan, Head of Screening and Surveillance Branch and Mrs Liz Porterfield, Head of Clinical Strategies: Cancer Branch, Scottish Executive.

6. AGS Report on Bowel Cancer Services: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 5. The Committee will also consider further arrangements for this inquiry.

7. AGS Waste Management Report: The Committee will consider its approach to the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled “Waste Management in Scottish Hospitals – a follow-up report” (AGS/2005/3).

8. AGS Section 22 Reports: The Committee will consider its approach to the section 22 reports by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled—

The 2003-04 Audit of Lews Castle College;
The 2003-04 Audit of West Lothian College; and
The 2003-04 Audit of Inverness College.

9. NHS Financial Performance Overview: The Committee will consider a draft report on 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). 

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 May, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Accounts Commission on their overview of the local authority audits 2004. The Committee will also consider Scottish Executive responses to its NHS Argyll and Clyde report and its Community Care report.

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

Finance Committee
17 May 2005
14th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Efficient Government: The Committee will take evidence on civil service reform as part of its scrutiny of the Executive’s Efficient Government Initiative from –

Panel 1

Richard Parry, Reader in Social Policy, School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh; and
Professor Robert Pyper, Professor of Government and Public Management, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Panel 2

Professor Michael Barber, Director of Delivery Unit, Cabinet Office.

2. Reporter’s Inquiry into Transport Spending: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

3. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Family Law (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Family Law (Scotland) Bill and its approach to future monitoring of the Efficient Government initiative.

The Committee will continue to scrutinise the Efficient Government initiative through case study visits and it will consider its approach to its cross-cutting inquiry into spending on Deprivation and its approach to the Budget Process for 2006-07 at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
17 May 2005
16th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 8 and 9 in private.

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

Housing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

Licensing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

4. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on the following—

the Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/243); and
the Fireworks (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/245).

5. Executive response: The Committee will consider a response to general questions raised on the citation of the consultation requirements of Article 9 of Regulations (EC) No. 178/2002 in the preamble to relevant Scottish Statutory Instruments.

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

the Confirmation of Small Estates (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/251); and
the Prior Rights of Surviving Spouse (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/252).

7. DraftCode of Practice not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Supporting Children’s Learning: Draft Code of Practice, (SE/2005/90).

8. Delegated legislation conference, Canberra, Australia: The Committee will consider a draft report.

9. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will consider and agree the main themes of its phase 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 May, it is expected that the Committee will further consider the Licensing (Scotland) Bill and Housing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee
17 May 2005
7th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Witness lists and summaries: The Committee will consider the witness lists and summaries proposed for groups 20-36, 41, 43, 45 and 47.

2. Oral Evidence Timetable: The Committee will consider and agree its timetable for oral evidence gathering meetings for groups 20-36, 41, 43, 45 and 47.

3. Oral Evidence: The Committee will consider a paper on oral evidence taking procedure and agree its approach to considering oral evidence.

Proposed future business

At future meetings, the Committee will continue its scrutiny of the detail of the Bill at Consideration Stage.

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

Health Committee
17 May 2005
14th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

the Feed (Corn Gluten Feed and Brewers Grains) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/246).

2. Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the frequency of Care Commission inspections from—

Helena Scott, Equalities Policy Officer, Age Concern Scotland;
Andy Sim, Health and Community Care Policy Officer, Age Concern Scotland;
Alan Dickson, Chief Executive, Capability Scotland;
Annie Gunner, Director, Community Care Providers Scotland;
Councillor Eric Jackson, Social Work and Health Improvement Spokesperson, COSLA;
Bob Christie, Corporate Advisor, COSLA;
Lesley Aitkenhead, East Lothian Community Care Forum;
Susan Munroe, Deputy Chairman, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care;
Adam Rennie, Head, Community Care Division, Scottish Executive Health Department;
Linda Gregson, Head, Care Standards and Sponsorship Branch, Scottish Executive Health Department;
Jacquie Roberts, Chief Executive, Care Commission; and
David Wiseman, Director of Strategic Development and Depute Chief Executive, Care Commission.

3. Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 May, the Committee will continue consideration of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2. Specifically, the Committee will consider amendments to part 3 (pharmaceutical care services) and part 4 (discipline).

At its meeting on 31 May, the Committee will begin consideration of Part 5, specifically sections 24 to 30 on infection with hepatitis C as a result of NHS treatment, amendment of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 and amendment of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.

At its meeting on 7 June, the Committee will complete Part 5, considering sections 31 and 32 on joint ventures. The Committee will also consider sections 33 to 36 of Part 6, and schedules 2 and 3.

At its meeting on 14 June, the Committee will consider Part 1 on the prohibition of smoking in certain wholly enclosed places. Finally, the Committee will consider Part 6, section 37 on commencement.

Deadlines for submission of amendments for these meetings is the Thursday before the meeting at noon (with the exception of the meeting on 31 May where the deadline will be Tuesday 24 May at noon). For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 2 Committee
17 May 2005
16th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Youth Justice Inquiry (in private): The committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Management of Offenders etc. (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
17 May 2005
17th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Tavish Scott MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services;
Jacqueline Conlan, Bill Team Leader, Licensing (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Executive; and
John St Clair, Office of the Solicitor, Scottish Executive

3. Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the possible contents of its Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on Stage 1 of the Licensing (Scotland) Bill

The Committee expects to take oral evidence on the tendering of ferry services in Clyde and Hebrides 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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