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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

Finance Committee

22 November 2005

27th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Items in Private: The Committee will decide whether to consider item 6 in private; whether to consider issues arising from evidence received for its cross-cutting inquiry into deprivation, its draft budget report and draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting.

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

Malcolm Chisholm MSP, Minister for Communities; Alisdair McIntosh, Head of Regeneration, Fuel Poverty and Supporting People Division; David Henderson, Head of Local Government Constitution and Funding Division; Angela Campbell, Health Economic Adviser; Frances Wood, Head of Health Improvement Policy; Julie Wilson, Analytical Services Group Senior Statistician, Scottish Executive; and Ian Mitchell, Director of Regeneration, Communities Scotland.

3. Cross-cutting Inquiry into Deprivation: The Committee will consider its findings from its site visit on 14 November 2005.

4. Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum from—

Colin Reeves, Head of Schools Division; and Deirdre Watt, Bill Team Leader, Scottish Executive.

5. Budget Process 2006-07: The Committee will take evidence on the budget of the Commissioner for Children and Young People from—

Kathleen Marshall, Commissioner for Children and Young People; and Elizabeth Foster, Chief Executive Officer, Commissioner for Children and Young People.

6. Budget Process 2006-07: The Committee will consider issues to be included in its draft report.

7. Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 November the Committee will take oral evidence from the Scottish Executive on the Financial Memorandum for the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill; and consider a proposal for research and various draft reports.

The Committee will continue to consider its draft report on Stage 2 of the Budget Process 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

22 November 2005

22nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Consideration Stage Phase 1 from—

Group 51 (Kenmore Capital Edinburgh Ltd)

Promoter’s witnesses—

Rahul W Bijlani, Lawyer, Bircham Dyson Bell, Solicitors & Parliamentary Agents;

Gary Turner, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald;

Scott McIntosh, Senior Consultant in Light Rail, Mott MacDonald; and

Steve Mitchell, Principal Consultant, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Objector’s witness—

Alan Robertson, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle (Scotland).

2. Appropriate Assessment: The Committee will consider correspondence on the Firth of Forth Special Protected Area appropriate assessment.

3. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill: The Committee will consider written evidence from the Promoter requested by the Committee in its Preliminary Stage report.

4. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill: The Committee will consider correspondence from Group 46 – Objection 91 lodged in the name of Norwich Union Linked Life Assurance (NULLA) and the promoter on whether Norwich Union Life and Pensions Ltd (NULAP) can appear in place of NULLA.

5. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill (in private): The Committee 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 the Bulletin.

Procedures Committee

22 November 2005

14th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider in private, at its next two meetings, draft reports and draft standing order changes on procedures relating to Crown appointees and on Private Bill Committee assessors.

2. Review of Parliamentary Time: The Committee will take evidence in a round-table discussion from—

Bill Aitken MSP, on behalf of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party;

Mark Ballard MSP, on behalf of the Scottish Green Party;

Carolyn Leckie MSP, on behalf of the Scottish Socialist Party;

Alasdair Morgan MSP, on behalf of the Scottish National Party;

Margo MacDonald MSP, on behalf of the Independents’ Group

Michael McMahon MSP, on behalf of the Scottish Labour Party; and

Jeremy Purvis MSP, on behalf of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

3. Private Bill Committee assessors: The Committee will consider written evidence from the Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit and the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 December the Committee will consider draft reports and draft standing order changes on the procedures relating to Crown appointees and on the Private Bill Committee assessors inquiries. The Committee may also consider its work programme for the early part of 2006.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

22 November 2005

32nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to discuss oral evidence heard in relation to its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland in private at its next meeting.

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

George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance, Public Service Reform and Parliamentary Business;

Murray Sinclair, Head of the Constitution and Parliamentary Secretariat; and

Jane McLeod, Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive.

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

Housing (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2.

4. Executive responses: The Committee will consider the following—

the Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/draft);

the Contaminated Land (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/draft);

the Glasgow School of Art (Scotland) Amendment Order of Council 2005, (SSI 2005/525);

the Education (Graduate Endowment, Student Fees and Support) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/545); and

the Electricity from Non-Fossil Fuel Sources (Scotland) Saving Arrangements Order 2005, (SSI 2005/549).

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

the Private Landlord Registration (Modification) (Scotland) 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.15) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/575); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.16) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/579).

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

the Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/556);

the Private Landlord Registration (Advice and Assistance) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/557);

the Private Landlord Registration (Information and Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/558);

the Private Landlord Registration (Appeals against Decision as to Rent Payable) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/559);

the Antisocial Behaviour Notice (Appeals against Order as to Rent Payable) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/560);

the Antisocial Behaviour Notice (Management Control Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/561);

the Antisocial Behaviour Notice (Landlord Liability) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/562);

the Antisocial Behaviour Notice (Advice and Assistance) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/563);

the Disability Discrimination (Public Authorities) (Statutory Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/565);

the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/566);

the Civil Partnership (Supplementary Provisions relating to the Recognition of Overseas Dissolutions, Annulments or Separations) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/567);

the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Relationships Arising Through Civil Partnership) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/568);

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/569);

the Registration of Independent Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/571);

the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Modification of Subordinate Legislation) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/572); and

the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Overseas Relationships) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/573).

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

the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) (Commencement and Savings) Amendment Order 2005, (SSI 2005/553);

the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No.3) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/564);

the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No.2 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/570);

Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules Amendment No.6) (Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004) (Evidence on Commission), (SSI 2005/574); and

the Fees in the Registers of Scotland Amendment Order 2005, (SSI 2005/580).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 November it is expected that the Committee will consider the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill and Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure.

The Committee will also consider oral evidence heard in relation to its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Enterprise and Culture Committee

22 November 2005

24th 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 items 5 and 6 in private.

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

Nicol Stephen MSP, Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Graeme Dickson, Head of Enterprise and Industrial Affairs Group, Ian Howie, Head of Business Growth and Innovation Division, Jane Morgan, Head of Enterprise Networks Division, and Rosemary Winter-Scott, Head of Transitions to Work Division, Scottish Executive Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department.

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

the Glasgow School of Art (Scotland) Amendment Order of Council 2005, (SSI 2005/525);

the Education (Graduate Endowment, Student Fees and Support) (Scotland) amendment (No2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/545);

the electricity from Non-Fossil Fuel Sources (Scotland) Saving Arrangements Order 2005, (SSI 2005/549).

4. Business in the Parliament: The Committee will consider progress with plans for business in the Parliament events in 2006.

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

6. Reform of bankruptcy and diligence law: The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser to the Committee on the forthcoming legislation to reform bankruptcy and diligence law.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 November 2005, the Committee will take evidence on internal reviews in the BBC and on Ofcom’s review of public service broadcasting. 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 November 2005

17th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. The European Commission’s Work Programme for 2006: The Committee will take evidence from—

William Sleath of the Strategic Planning and Programming Unit, Secretariat-General, European Commission.

Following this evidence, the Committee will consider what work it might wish to take forward on the Commission’s Work Programme.

2. The European Commission’s Plan D for Democracy, Dialogue and Debate: The Committee will take evidence from—

Elizabeth Holt, Head of Office, European Commission Representation in Scotland.

Following this evidence, the Committee will consider how it might wish to proceed with ‘Plan D’.

3. Inquiry into the Transposition and Implementation of European Directives in Scotland: The Committee will consider draft Terms of Reference from Jim Wallace for this Reporter-led inquiry.

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

Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research) Council, 28-29 November

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 1 December

Justice and Home Affairs Council, 1-2 December

Environment Council, 2 December

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 5 December

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 8-9 December

Previous Councils

Environment Council, 17 October

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 24-25 October

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. Convener’s report: The Convener will brief the Committee on—

A letter from the Chairman of the Select Committee on the European Union in the House of Lords, Lord Grenfell, regarding subsidiarity

A letter from Scottish Executive regarding the proposed European Institute of Technology

A letter to the Scottish Executive concerning the Agriculture and Fisheries Council 22-24 November 2005.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 December it is expected that the Committee will hear from Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning with regards to Structural Funds.

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

Justice 2 Committee

22 November 2005

32nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from the following witnesses—

John Scott, Chairman, Scottish Human Rights Centre;

And then from—

Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan and Will Linden, Intelligence Analyst, Violence Reduction Unit, Strathclyde Police;

Andrew Murday, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Glasgow Royal Infirmary;

David McKenna, Chief Executive, and Neil Paterson, Operations Manager, Victim Support Scotland; and

Mary Hepburn, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Princess Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow.

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 Tuesday 29 November 2005 it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill from the Deputy Minister for Justice.

The Committee expects will continue to consider 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.

Local Government and Transport Committee

22 November 2005

30th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Scottish Public Services Ombudsman: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Alice Brown, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman; and

Carolyn Hirst, Deputy Ombudsman, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

2. The Improvement Service: The Committee will take evidence from—

Colin Mair, Chief Executive, The Improvement Service; and

Clodagh Memery, Business and Best Value Manager, The Improvement Service.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 November it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to continue consideration of its draft report 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.

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