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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:

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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.

Justice 1 Committee

2 November 2005

34th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 5

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

2. Family Law (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2)

3. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will take evidence from John McCafferty, General Register Office for Scotland, in relation to the following negative instrument—

The Registration of Civil Partnerships (Prescription of Forms, Publicisation and Errors) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/458)

4. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill (in private): The Committee will further consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

5. European Commission Green Papers - witness expenses: The Committee will consider claims under the witness expenses scheme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 and consider subordinate legislation.The Committee will continue to consider the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 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

2 November 2005

27th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1, by video-link, from—

John Medley, Assistant Principal Officer, Collector-General’s Division, Office of the Revenue Commissioners, Government of Ireland;
John Curran, Group Environmental Executive, Musgrave Group, Cork;
John Hayes, Sales Manager, J J O’Toole Ltd, Dublin; and

Sean O’Suilleabhain, Waste Prevention and Recovery Section, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Government of Ireland.

Not before 11.30 am

2. Crofting: The Committee will take evidence on issues arising from the Scottish Executive’s consultation on a draft Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill from—

Rhona Brankin MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

the Plant Breeders’ Rights (Discontinuation of Prior Use Exemption) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/460);
the TSE (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/469); and
the Reporting of Prices of Milk Products (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/484).

4. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider evidence received to date on the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting. The Committee will also decide whether to consider a draft report on the Bill in private at future meetings.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 November the Committee will take evidence as part of its Stage 1 consideration of the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development and from the member in charge of the Bill, Mike Pringle MSP. The Committee will also consider a draft report on the 2006-07 Budget Process. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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