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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

Equal Opportunities Committee
24 May 2005
8th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Scottish Parliament Equality Framework: The Committee will hear evidence from—

Duncan McNeil MSP, Scottish Parliament Corporate Body (SPCB);

Levi Pay, Scottish Parliament Equalities Manager;

Ian Macnicol, Scottish Parliament Head of Personnel; and

Rosemary Everett, Scottish Parliament Head of Visitor & Outreach Services.

2. Gypsy/Travellers - Review of progress: The Committee will hear evidence from—

Panel 1

Dr Gwynnedd Lloyd and Dr Pauline Padfield, Scottish Traveller Education Programme (STEP);

Dr Rafik Gardee and Martha Kennedy, National Resource Centre for Minority Ethnic Health (NRCEMH); and

Dave Simmers, Traveller Education & Information Project (North East) (TEIP).

Panel 2

Assistant Chief Constable Allan Burnett, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS); and

Inspector Ian Taggart, Grampian Police.

3. Mainstreaming equality in the work of committees of the Scottish Parliament: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

4. Disability inquiry: The Committee will consider whether to take a future item on its approach to the disability inquiry in private.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 June, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on Gypsy/Travellers - Review of progress.

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 this Bulletin.

Finance Committee
24 May 2005
15th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Budget Seminar: The Committee will consider a paper on its Budget Seminar in March 2005.

2. Efficient Government: The Committee will consider an approach paper on the future monitoring of the Efficient Government initiative.

3. Health Committee post-legislative inquiry: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 June, it is expected that the Committee will consider its approach to Stage 2 of the Budget Process; its cross-cutting inquiry into deprivation; and a Committee away day. The Committee will also discuss site visits it has made in connection with its scrutiny of Efficient Government. These site visits will take place on 7 and 21 June 2005.

The Committee will continue to scrutinise Efficient Government and will carry out its inquiry into deprivation at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Procedures Committee
24 May 2005
8th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Sewel Convention: The Committee will consider its general approach to procedural and policy issues raised in the inquiry, based on a summary of relevant evidence.

2. Admissibility of public petitions: The Committee will consider options for effecting a prohibition on the resubmission of recently closed petitions.

3. Work programme: The Committee will consider options for its next main inquiry and other prospective items of business.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 June, the Committee will agree its approach to a number of the issues raised in the Sewel Convention inquiry. The Committee will also decide on a structure and timescale for a short inquiry on the procedures in relation to crown appointees and may consider a draft report on the admissibility of public petitions. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
24 May 2005
17th Meeting, 2005

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 on the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—

Housing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive on the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—

Licensing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

3. Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Deputy Minister for Justice, Hugh Henry MSP.

4. Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Deputy Minister for Justice, Hugh Henry MSP.

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

the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Police (Scotland) Act 1967) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/draft);

the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications and Amendments) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/draft); and

the Mental Health (Safeguards for Certain Informal Patients) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/draft).

6. Instrument subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/260).

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

the Common Agricultural Policy Single Farm Payment and Support Schemes (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/257);

the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (Appointment of Medical Commissioners) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/261);

the Mental Health (Conflict of Interest) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/262);

the Additional Support for Learning (Appropriate Agency Request Period and Exceptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/264);

the Additional Support for Learning (Changes in School Education) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/265);

the Additional Support for Learning (Co-ordinated Support Plan) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/266);

the Additional Support for Learning (Publication of Information) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/267);

the St. Mary’s Music School (Aided Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/269); and

the Education (Assisted Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/270).

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

the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No.3) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/256);

the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No.2) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/263); and

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No.7) (Miscellaneous) 2005, (SSI 2005/268).

9. International conference: The Committee will consider a proposal that the Parliament hosts an international conference on the scrutiny of delegated legislation.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2.

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

Enterprise and Culture Committee
24 May 2005
12th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 5 at this meeting in private and whether to consider its approach to fact-finding visits as part of its inquiry into business growth in private at a future meeting.

2. Inquiry into business growth: The Committee will take evidence from­—

Janet Brown, Head of Competitive Business and Clusters, and Terry Currie, Director, Small Business Services, Scottish Enterprise;

Jackie Wright, Director of Growing Businesses, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Ken Abernethy, Chief Executive, Argyll and the Islands Enterprise; and

Ian Howie, Head of Business Growth and Innovation Division, and John Ireland, Head of Analytical Services Division, Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department, Scottish Executive.

3. Arts in the Community: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to its 1 st Report 2005: Report on Arts in the Community (SP Paper 302).

4. Restructuring Scotland’s Tourism Industry: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to its 2nd Report 2005: Restructuring Scotland’s Tourism Industry (SP Paper 305).

5. Internal reviews in the BBC: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 May, the Committee will take evidence on Scottish football and business growth. The Committee expects to take further evidence on these matters 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
24 May 2005
10th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s Fresh Talent initiative: The Committee will take evidence from—

Mike Johnstone, Managing Director, Sourcing Partnerships Limited;

Sylvia Halkerston, Scottish Food and Drink Federation; and

Eric Stewart, Managing Director, First Bus.

2. Annual Report: The Committee will consider a draft of its Annual Report for 2004 -2005.

3. Promoting Scotland worldwide: An inquiry into the external relations policy, strategy and activities of the Scottish Executive: The Committee will consider the response to its inquiry report from the Scottish Executive.

4. 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

Education, Youth and Culture Council, 23-24 May;

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 30 May;

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs, 2-3 June;

Justice and Home Affairs Council, 2-3 June;

Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research) Council, 6-7 June;

ECOFIN Council, 7 June; and

Previous Councils

Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research) Council, 18 April;

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 21 April;

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 25-26 April;

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 26 April.

5. 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.

6. Transposition and implementation of EU legislation in Scotland: The Committee will consider an update from the Scottish Executive.

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

Letter from the Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform, Tom McCabe MSP, concerning the European Commission’s Second Implementation Report on the 2003-2005 Broad Economic Policy Guidelines (BEPG)

Letter from the Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform, Tom McCabe MSP, to the Convener of the Enterprise and Culture Committee, Alex Neil MSP on the establishment of a First Secretary/Counsellor post in the People’s Republic of China.

Proposed future business

On 7 June the Committee hopes to continue to take oral evidence in its Inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s Fresh Talent Initiative. The theme of the evidence session will be equal opportunities, human rights and issues relating to immigration and asylum seekers. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Health Committee
24 May 2005
15th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

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

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

the Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/243)

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

4. Work programme: The Committee will consider aspects of its forward work programme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 May, the Committee will continue consideration of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2. Specifically, the Committee will consider Part 5, 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).

Justice 2 Committee
24 May 2005
17 th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Management of Offenders etc (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider further the draft report on the Management of Offenders etc (Scotland) Bill and its draft report on Youth Justice Inquiry.

T he Committee will continue to consider the draft report on the Management of Offenders etc (Scotland) Bill 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 Transport Committee
24 May 2005
18th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Tendering of Ferry Services in the Clyde and Hebrides: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Paul Bennett, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh; and

Professor Neil Kay, Economics Department, University of Strathclyde.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the proposed tendering of ferry services in the Clyde and Hebrides and consider a draft Stage 1 report on the Licensing (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to continue considering its Stage 1 report on the Licensing (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
25 May 2005
15th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 5

1. Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003: The Committee will consider the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003: Annual Report to the Scottish Parliament – 2004, and take evidence from —

Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

2. Subordinate legislation: Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development, to move motion S2M-2748— That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 June, it is expected that the Committee will continue to consider its draft Stage 1 report on the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill and will receive an update from the Convener on European issues.

The Committee expects to take evidence on Phase 2 of its inquiry into rural development at its subsequent meetings in June. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 1 Committee
25 May 2005
17th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

1. Family Law (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from the following witnesses—

Panel 1

Professor Eric Clive, School of Law, University of Edinburgh; and

Professor Paul Beaumont, School of Law, University of Aberdeen.

Panel 2

Michael Clancy, The Law Society of Scotland;

Morag Driscoll, The Law Society of Scotland;

John Fotheringham, The Law Society of Scotland; and

Anne McTaggart, Family Law Association.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 June, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence in relation to the Family Law (Scotland) Bill, from Gary Strachan, Alan Finlayson OBE and Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice .

The Committee expects to consider the outcomes of its oral evidence sessions on the Family Law (Scotland) Bill 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
25 May 2005
9th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

PE849 The establishment of a sports academy in the Scottish Borders. Kayleigh Boyd will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition accompanied by Eilidh Hughes and Robbie Stoddart.

PE847 Public holidays to celebrate days of importance, such as Burns Day and St Andrew’s Day. Iain Scherr will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Samantha Mungall and Alexandra Gill.

PE857 To ensure the adequate provision of Gaelic language teachers.

PE856 Urgent upgrade of the A90 trunk road between Tipperty and Balmedie in Aberdeenshire in the interests of safety and the environment.

PE848 Introduction of legislation barring clergy from membership of the Freemasons.

PE854 Introduction of equitable public finance legislation in respect of all of Scotland’s harbours.

2. The Committee will consider the following petitions lodged by The New Party:

PE835 To reduce income tax by three pence in the pound in order to stimulate the Scottish economy and to commission a study to examine the case for the introduction of a “flat Tax” structure.

PE843 I ntroduction of compulsory mediation for claims against the NHS in Scotland.

PE844 Le gislation to require local authorities to sell council houses that have remained empty for six months.

PE845 A review of planning guidelines concerning planning permission for housing developments.

PE846 E stablishment of a debt remedial service (DRS) to consolidate and manage problem debts.

PE851 T o extend corporate responsibility for the safe condition of public highways to the appropriate public authority and to require latest standards in major road repairs.

PE852 Funding of private medical insurance for all Scottish citizens.

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

PE535 Inquiry into past institutional child abuse. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner and the Scottish Information Commissioner.

PE695 Accessible local transport for disabled people. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE698 I ntroduction of a national policy for travelling showpeople. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Communities.

PE717 Provision of adequate funding to allow organisations such as ISEA to continue their work. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE751 Inquiry into the procedures and practices of the Scottish Legal Aid Board. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Legal Aid Board and the Disability Rights Commission.

PE773 Legislation for provision to offer screening for Cardiomyopathy and other heart disorders. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Health and Community Care.

PE788 Legislation for the introduction of a national anthem for Scotland. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE800 Public inquiry into windfarm construction and moratorium on windfarm developments. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 June, the Committee will meet in Ayr. It is expected that the Committee will consider petitions calling for the upgrade of the Southern Section of the A77 between Ayr and Stranraer; a national policy in relation to the teaching of singing and provision of vocal tuition for young people in Scotland; the creation of a task force to integrate and develop Burns properties resulting in a National Burns Heritage Trail; and clear guidance for local authorities regarding the siting of telecommunication masts. The Committee is also expected to give further consideration to current petitions calling for review of the Scottish Executive’s culture and tourism policies regarding Robert Burns; and review of guidance to local authorities and planning procedures to safeguard the provision of playing fields and recreational open space.

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

Communities Committee
25 May 2005
17th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private, and whether to take items at future meetings on its draft report on the Housing (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 in private.

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

the Fireworks (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/245).

3. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at stage 1 from—

Malcolm Chisholm MSP, Minister for Communities.

4. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to its draft report on the Bill at stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 June, it is expected that the Committee will consider its draft report for the 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.

Education Committee
25 May 2005
9th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Early Years Inquiry: The Committee will consider a summary of written evidence and plan its approach to the inquiry and to witness sessions.

2. Additional Support for Learning: The Committee will consider the Scottish Executive’s draft code of practice and take evidence from—

Euan Robson, Deputy Minister for Education and Young People;

Mike Gibson, Head of Additional Support Needs Division;

Robin McKendrick, Team Leader, Additional Support for Learning; and

John Bissett, Team Leader, Additional Support Needs.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 June, the Committee plans to consider the subordinate legislation relating to the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 and will take further evidence in its pupil motivation inquiry. Further evidence for the pupil motivation inquiry will be taken at subsequent meetings. The Committee is conducting an inquiry into early years education and childcare and will take evidence later in the year. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.



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