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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
1 November 2005
15th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Budget process 2006-07: The Committee will take evidence on the Budget Process 2006-07 from—

Johann Lamont MSP, Deputy Minister for Communities.

2. An Independent Review into Policing and Race Relations in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Ali Jarvis, Commission for Racial Equality (Scotland)
Paddy Tomkins, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.

3. Petition PE760: The Committee will consider a petition by Mhairi McKean on behalf of the Gypsy/Traveller Community Development Project and the Scottish Human Rights Centre calling for the Scottish Parliament to investigate the provision and cost of electricity for Gypsy/Traveller sites and accessibility to the Central Heating and Warm Deal programme for people in mobile homes.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 15 November 2005 it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on its Disability Inquiry into Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities.

At subsequent meetings the Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its Disability Inquiry into Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Finance Committee
1 November 2005
23rd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Items in Private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private and whether to consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill in private at its meeting on 8 November.

2. Cross-cutting Inquiry into Deprivation: The Committee will take evidence from–

Councillor Steven Purcell, Glasgow Community Planning Partnership; Matthew Marr, adviser to Leader of Glasgow City Council; Ron Culley, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow; Tom Divers, Chief Executive, Greater Glasgow Health Board;
Councillor Andrew White, West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership; Tim Huntingford, Chief Executive, West Dunbartonshire Council;
Councillor Anne McGovern, Fife Community Planning Partnership; Douglas Sinclair, Chief Executive, Fife Council; and George Brechin, Chief Executive, Fife Health Board.

3. Scottish Executive Budget Review Group: The Committee will consider a paper from the budget adviser and a submission to the Scottish Executive’s Budget Review Group.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 November 2005 the Committee will be meeting in Elgin, as part of its scrutiny of the Scottish Executive’s draft budget 2006-07. At its meeting on 8 November, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Financial Memoranda of the Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill and the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill; consider its approach to future financial memoranda; and consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill.

In future the Committee will continue to take evidence on its cross-cutting expenditure review of deprivation; scrutinise the Executive’s budget proposals for 2006-07; and scrutinise the financial memoranda of Bills at subsequent meetings. 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
1 November 2005
18th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2, to consider jointly, with Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee, the following item:

1. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill and Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill: The Committees will take evidence on the Bills at Consideration Stage from—

Group 46 (Line One) and Group 6 (Line Two): Norwich Union Life and Pensions Ltd

Promoter’s witnesses—

Scott McIntosh, Senior Consultant in Light Rail, Mott MacDonald
Gary Turner, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald
Stuart Turnbull, Divisional Director, Jacobs Babtie
Steve Mitchell, Principal Consultant, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Aileen Grant, Principal Planner, City Development Department, The City of Edinburgh Council
Archibald B Rintoul, District Valuer, Scotland South East Valuation Office

Objector’s witnesses—

Julian Cobourne, Asset Manager, Morley Fund Management Ltd
Craig Wallace, Associate, Jones Lang LaSalle

Group 37 (Line One) and Group 1 (Line Two): Mr and Mrs Elliott

Promoter’s witnesses—

Gary Turner, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald
Stuart Turnbull, Divisional Director, Jacobs Babtie
Mark M Bain, Senior Engineer, Mott MacDonald
Steve Mitchell, Principal Consultant, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Leo Eyles, Project Director, Associate of Steer Davies Gleave
Matthew Edgar, Director, Colliers CRE, Chartered Surveyors & Property Consultants

Group 38 (Line One) and Group 2 (Line Two): Versicolor

Promoter’s witnesses—

Gary Turner, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald
Stuart Turnbull, Divisional Director, Jacobs Babtie
Archibald B Rintoul, District Valuer, Scotland South East Valuation Office

Group 39 (Line One) and Group 4 (Line Two): Verity Trustees Ltd

Promoter’s witnesses—

Gary Turner, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald
Steve Mitchell, Principal Consultant, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Archibald B Rintoul, District Valuer, Scotland South East Valuation Office
Rahul W Bijlani, Lawyer, Bircham Dyson Bell, solicitors & Parliamentary Agents

Objection 216 (Line One) and Objection 93 (Line Two): Verity Trustees Ltd

Promoter’s witnesses—

Gary Turner, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald
Steve Mitchell, Principal Consultant, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Archibald B Rintoul, District Valuer, Scotland South East Valuation Office
Rahul W Bijlani, Lawyer, Bircham Dyson Bell, Solicitors & Parliamentary Agents
Karen Raymond, Principal Partner, ERM
Scott McIntosh, Expert Witness, Mott MacDonald

Objection 217 (Line One) and Objection 98 (Line Two): Haymarket Yards Ltd

Promoter’s witness—

Gary Turner, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald

2. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill and Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (in private): The Committees will consider evidence taken during the day.

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 this Bulletin.

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee
1 November 2005
14th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2, to consider jointly, with Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee, the following item:

1. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) and Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill: The Committees will take evidence on the Bills at Consideration Stage from—

Group 46 (Line One) and Group 6 (Line Two): Norwich Union Life and Pensions Ltd

Promoter’s witnesses—

Scott McIntosh, Senior Consultant in Light Rail, Mott MacDonald
Gary Turner, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald
Stuart Turnbull, Divisional Director, Jacobs Babtie
Steve Mitchell, Principal Consultant, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Aileen Grant, Principal Planner, City Development Department, The City of Edinburgh Council
Archibald B Rintoul, District Valuer, Scotland South East Valuation Office

Objector’s witnesses—

Julian Cobourne, Asset Manager, Morley Fund Management Ltd
Craig Wallace, Associate, Jones Lang LaSalle

Group 37 (Line One) and Group 1 (Line Two): Mr and Mrs Elliott

Promoter’s witnesses—

Gary Turner, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald
Stuart Turnbull, Divisional Director, Jacobs Babtie
Mark M Bain, Senior Engineer, Mott MacDonald
Steve Mitchell, Principal Consultant, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Leo Eyles, Project Director, Associate of Steer Davies Gleave
Matthew Edgar, Director, Colliers CRE, Chartered Surveyors & Property Consultants

Group 38 (Line One) and Group 2 (Line Two): Versicolor

Promoter’s witnesses—

Gary Turner, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald
Stuart Turnbull, Divisional Director, Jacobs Babtie
Archibald B Rintoul, District Valuer, Scotland South East Valuation Office

Group 39 (Line One) and Group 4 (Line Two): Verity Trustees Ltd

Promoter’s witnesses—

Gary Turner, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald
Steve Mitchell, Principal Consultant, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Archibald B Rintoul, District Valuer, Scotland South East Valuation Office
Rahul W Bijlani, Lawyer, Bircham Dyson Bell, solicitors & Parliamentary Agents

Objection 216 (Line One) and Objection 93 (Line Two): Verity Trustees Ltd

Promoter’s witnesses—

Gary Turner, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald
Steve Mitchell, Principal Consultant, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Archibald B Rintoul, District Valuer, Scotland South East Valuation Office
Rahul W Bijlani, Lawyer, Bircham Dyson Bell, Solicitors & Parliamentary Agents
Karen Raymond, Principal Partner, ERM
Scott McIntosh, Expert Witness, Mott MacDonald

Objection 217 (Line One) and Objection 98 (Line Two): Haymarket Yards Ltd

Promoter’s witness—

Gary Turner, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald

2. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill and Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (in private): The Committees will consider evidence taken during the day.

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 this Bulletin.

Audit Committee
1 November 2005
15th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 5 in private.

2. AGS Report on Water Overview: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled “Overview of the water industry in Scotland” (AGS/2005/6).

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

The 2004/05 audit of Argyll and Clyde Health Board
The 2004/05 audit of Grampian Health Board
The 2004/05 audit of Highland Health Board
The 2004/05 audit of Lanarkshire Health Board
The 2004/05 audit of Western Isles Health Board

4. Audit Committee visit to Denmark: The Committee will consider a paper on the visit to the Public Accounts Committee of the Danish Parliament by members of the Audit Committee and the Scottish Commission for Public Audit.

5. Consideration of Approach to AGS Reports: The Committee will consider its approach to the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled “Overview of the water industry in Scotland” (AGS/2005/6) and the section 22 reports entitled “The 2004/05 audit of Argyll and Clyde Health Board”, “The 2004/05 audit of Grampian Health Board”, “The 2004/05 audit of Highland Health Board”, “The 2004/05 audit of Lanarkshire Health Board” and “The 2004/05 audit of Western Isles Health Board”.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 15 November it is expected that the Committee will receive briefings as appropriate according to the AGS publication schedule. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
1 November 2005
29th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will take oral evidence from—

Bill Adamson, Branch Head – Strategy and Coordination, Food Standards Agency Scotland;
Sandy McDougall, Branch Head – Contaminants, Hygiene, Additives and Shellfish, Food Standards Agency Scotland;
Dave Gorman, Operations Manager, Scottish Environment Protection Agency;
Campbell Evans, Director of Government and Consumer Affairs, Scotch Whisky Association; and
David Williamson, Public Affairs Manager, Scotch Whisky Association.

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

Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2.

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

Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Regional Transport Partnerships (Establishment, Constitution and Membership) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/draft);
the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/draft);
the Tryptophan in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/479);
the Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/505); and
the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No.1) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/492).

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

the Civil Partnership (Jurisdiction and Recognition of Judgments) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/draft); and
the Victim Statements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2005, (SSI 2005/draft).

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

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.13) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI2005/520).

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

the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (Practice and Procedure) Rules 2005, (SSI2005/514);
the Additional Support for Learning (Placing Requests and Deemed Decisions) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI2005/515);
the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (Transitional and Savings Provisions) Order 2005, (SSI2005/516);
the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (Consequential Modification of Subordinate Legislation) Order 2005, (SSI2005/517);
the Additional Support for Learning (Co-ordinated Support Plan) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI2005/518);
the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (Practice and Procedure) (No.2) Rules 2005, (SSI2005/519);
the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (No.2) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI2005/522); and
the Victim Statements (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2005, (SSI 2005/526).

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

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No.8) (Miscellaneous) 2005, (SSI2005/521); and
Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court European Enforcement Order Rules) 2005, (SSI2005/523).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 November the Committee will take evidence from Committee Conveners in relation to its regulatory framework inquiry. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Standards and Public Appointments Committee
1 November 2005
10th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a new Deputy Convener.

2. Cross-Party Group on Dyslexia: The Committee will consider an application for recognition of a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Dyslexia.

3. Cross-Party Group on Malawi: The Committee will consider an application for recognition of a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Malawi.

4. Review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs: The Committee will consider how to progress its review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs.

5. Review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs - Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Act: The Committee will consider whether to revoke a Direction it made in April 2004 on reports of the Commissioner.

6. Scottish Human Rights Commissioner Bill: The Committee will consider its response to a call for evidence from the Justice 1 Committee.

Proposed future business

The Committee expects to continue its review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Enterprise and Culture Committee
1 November 2005
21st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private.

2. Declaration of interests: Karen Gillon MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

3. Legislative consent Memorandum on London Olympics Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the memorandum from the Scottish Executive on the London Olympics Bill, currently under consideration in the UK Parliament, from –

Patricia Ferguson MSP, Minister from Tourism, Culture and Sport, John Mason, Head of Tourism, Culture and Sport Group, and John Gilmour, Head of Sports Stewardship Unit and Delivery Branch, Scottish Executive.

4. Budget process 2006-07: The Committee will take evidence from –

Patricia Ferguson MSP, Minister from Tourism, Culture and Sport, John Mason, Head of Tourism, Culture and Sport Group, and Gavin Barrie, Head of Lottery Sponsorship Unit, Scottish Executive;
Iain Carmichael, Senior Director Finance, and Charlie Woods, Senior Director Strategy and Chief Economist, Scottish Enterprise;
Forbes Duthie, Director of Corporate Services, and Sandy Brady, Director of Strategy, Highland and Islands Enterprise;
Nicol Stephen MSP, Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Chris McCrone, Head of Enterprise Finance Team, Jane Morgan, Head of Enterprise Networks Division, Graeme Dickson, Head of Enterprise and Industrial Affairs, and Mark Batho, Head of Lifelong Learning Group, Scottish Executive.

5. Inquiry into reform of Scottish football: The Committee will consider a revised draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 November 2005 it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on the Scottish Executive’s 2006/07 budget proposals. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Health Committee
1 November 2005
26th 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 items 4, 5, 6 and 7 in private. The Committee will also consider whether to take the consideration of a draft Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 report at its next meeting in private.

2. Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Stuart Bain, Chief Executive, NHS National Services Scotland; Dr Philip Rutledge, Consultant in Medicines Management, Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Lothian; Scott Bryson, Pharmaceutical Adviser, NHS Greater Glasgow; Dr Jenny Bennison, Deputy Chair (Policy), Royal College of General Practitioners; May McCreaddie, Board Member for the Acute and Supportive Division, Royal College of Nursing Scotland; James Temple, Chairman, Scottish Pharmaceutical Federation; Angela Timoney, Chairman, Scottish Executive, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain; Alison Macrobbie, Palliative/Community Care Pharmacist, Highland Area Pharmaceutical Committee and Scottish Palliative Care Pharmacists Association; Lindsay Isaacs, Policy and Public Affairs Co-ordinator, Citizens Advice Scotland; Suzanne Clark, Chair, Patient Partnership in Practice (P³);Elspeth Atkinson, Director, Macmillan Cancer Relief; Chris White, Benefits Officer, Scottish Association for Mental Health; Jim Milne, Dundee Anti-Poverty Forum and Scottish Campaign to Remove All Prescription Charges (SCRAP); and Glyn Hawker, Scottish Organiser (Health), UNISON.

3. Subordinate legislation: Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and

Community Care, to move the following motions—

S2M-3441—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 12) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/497) be approved;
S2M-3443—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/506) be approved; and
S2M-3444—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/498) be approved.

4. Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session, to inform the drafting of its Stage 1 report.

5. Care Inquiry: The Committee will consider the remit and method of proceeding with its Care Inquiry.

6. Hepatitis C evidence session: The Convener will update the Committee on the latest situation.

7. Budget Process 2006-07: The Committee will consider a second draft report on the Scottish Executive 2006-07 Draft Budget.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 November the Health Committee will consider a first draft of its Stage 1 report on the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill. The Committee expects to consider a further draft report on the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill at its meeting on 15 November.

Members of the Committee will undertake a fact-finding visit on 21 and 22 November to investigate the phased abolition of prescription charges in Wales as part of its consideration of the Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 1 Committee
1 November 2005
33rd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4, to consider jointly, with the Justice 2 Committee, the following items:

1. Budget Process 2006-07: The Committees will take evidence from—

Jean Couper, Chairman, and Lindsay Montgomery, Chief Executive, Scottish Legal Aid Board;

and then from—

Cathy Jamieson MSP, Minister for Justice, Robert Gordon, Head of Justice Department and Ruth Ritchie, Justice Finance Team, Finance and Central Services Department, Scottish Executive.

2. Budget Process 2006-07 (in private): The Committees will consider evidence received in relation to the Budget Process 2006-07.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 November it is expected that the Committee will consider the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2). For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 2 Committee
1 November 2005
27th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4, to consider jointly, with the Justice 1 Committee, the following items:

1. Budget Process 2006-07: The Committees will take evidence from—

Jean Couper, Chairman, and Lindsay Montgomery, Chief Executive, Scottish Legal Aid Board;

and then from—

Cathy Jamieson MSP, Minister for Justice, Robert Gordon, Head of Justice Department and Ruth Ritchie, Justice Finance Team, Finance and Central Services Department, Scottish Executive.

2. Budget Process 2006-07: The Committees will consider evidence received in relation to the Budget Process 2006-07.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 November the Committee will take oral evidence on the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (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
1 November 2005
27th 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 item 3 in private. The Committee will consider whether to take consideration of its draft report on the Budget process 2006-07 in private.

2. Budget process 2006-07: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance, Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business;
David Henderson, Head of Local Government Finance, Scottish Executive;
Graham Owenson, Team Leader, Local Government Expenditure and Grant Distribution, Scottish Executive; and
Craig Russell, Head of Division, Efficient Government Delivery Group, Scottish Executive

Panel 2

Tavish Scott MSP, Minister for Transport;
John Ewing, Head of Transport Group, Scottish Executive; and
Claire Dunbar-Jubb, Transport Group Accountant, Scottish Executive

3. Budget process 2006-07: The Committee will consider the possible contents of its report to the Finance Committee.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 November it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence on the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to continue taking oral evidence on the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 2 Committee
1 November 2005
28th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 3.30 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Anne Keenan, Deputy Director of Law Reform, and Gerard Brown, Convener, Criminal Law Committee, The Law Society of Scotland
Drew McKenzie, Advocate, and Iain Duguid, Advocate, Faculty of Advocates

And then from-

Norman McFadyen, Crown Agent and Chief Executive, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
John Service, President, Procurators Fiscal Society

2. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session, to inform the drafting of its Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 November 2005 it is expected that the Committee will consider the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) bill; oral evidence on the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects will continue to take evidence on The Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Communities Committee
2 November 2005
26th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 4).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 November it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on the 2006-2007 budget.

The Committee expects to consider Subordinate Legislation on Housing 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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