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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
16 January 2007
1st Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private and whether its consideration of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill at its next meeting should be taken in private.

2. Gypsy/Travellers - Review of progress: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

3. Petition PE1017: The Committee will consider a petition by William Wilson calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to establish a Scottish disability community development council to provide those with life-term disabilities with health, education, training and arts related "Support for Life" assistance in order to combat benefit dependency, poverty and social/community isolation.

4. Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider its approach to the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill.

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

Finance Committee
16 January 2007
1st Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take its report on a legislative consent memorandum in private at this meeting and at its meeting on 23 January.

2. Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Andrew Goudie, Chief Economic Adviser and Head of Finance and Central Services Department, Scottish Executive; Fiona Robertson, Senior Economic Adviser and Head of Office of Chief Economic Adviser, Scottish Executive; Sandy Stewart, Head of Unit, Office of Chief Economic Adviser, Scottish Executive; and David Stewart, Head of Finance Expenditure Policy Division, Scottish Executive.

and then, in a round-table discussion, from

Professor Brian Ashcroft, Policy Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute; Professor Hervey Gibson, Chairman of Cogent Strategies Ltd; Victor Hewitt, Director of the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland; Professor Neil Kay, University of Strathclyde; Professor Gavin McCrone, General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot Watt University; and Peter Wood, Managing Director of Tribal HCH Ltd.

3. Statistics and Registration Service Bill (UK legislation): The Committee will consider its draft report on legislative consent memorandum LCM (S2) 12.1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 23 January, the Committee will take evidence from the Auditor General followed by the Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform on Efficient Government. The Committee will also consider a report on the Commissioner for Older People (Scotland) Bill and a further draft of its report on the legislative consent memorandum for the Statistics and Registration Service Bill (UK legislation).

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
16 January 2007
2nd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

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

Crofting Reform etc. Bill as amended at Stage 2.

2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following bill—

Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2.

3. Legislative consent memorandum: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the Statistics and Registration Service Bill.

4. Executive responses: The Committee will consider Executive responses in relation to the following instruments—

the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2006/draft);
the Prohibition of Fishing with Multiple Trawls (No. 2) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/602);
the Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/605);
the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/606);
the Registration of Births, Still-births, Deaths and Marriages (Prescription of Forms and Errors) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/598); and
the National Health Service (Functions of the Common Services Agency) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/603).

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

the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft).

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

the Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) (No. 2) Order 2006, (SI 2006/3248);
the Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangements) (Specification) (No. 3) Order 2006, (SI 2006/3338);
the Police (Injury Benefit) (Scotland) Regulations, (SSI 2006/610);
the Public Service Vehicles (Conduct of Drivers, Inspectors, Conductors and Passengers) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/613);
the Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/614); and
the Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/1).

7. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 23 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider its draft report into its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland. The Committee will consider primary legislation, Scottish statutory instruments and any other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure.

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

Enterprise and Culture Committee
16 January 2007
2nd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Scotland’s Futures Forum report, "Growing Older and Wiser Together, a Future’s View on Positive Ageing": The Committee will take evidence from—

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, Chair, The Ageing Project Board, Scotland’s Futures Forum;

and then take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, Chair, The Ageing Project Board, Scotland’s Futures Forum; David Manion, Chief Executive, Age Concern; Fiona Hird, Equality Unit, Older People and Age Unit, Scottish Executive; Tara Bradley, Employee Relations and Diversity Manager, B&Q plc; Linda Boyes, Policy Manager, Scottish Council Foundation, and Ian Naismith, Head of Pensions Market Development, Scottish Widows.

2. Legacy paper: The Committee will consider its approach to producing a legacy paper on its work during the second parliamentary session.

3. Scottish Register of Tartans Bill: The Committee will consider written evidence received from the Scottish Executive and Jamie McGrigor MSP.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 23 January 2007, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Minister for Communities and the Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning on the Scottish Executive’s employability framework and strategy to reduce the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training. It is also expected that the Committee will hold a round-table discussion on the establishment, role and remit of Creative Scotland and the creative industries. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

European and External Relations Committee
16 January 2007
1st Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Inquiry into the Transposition and Implementation of European Directives in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Colin Bayes, Director of Environment Protection and Improvement and Dave Gorman, Better Regulation Manager, Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary and Dave Moxham, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress

Bill Adamson, Head of Strategic Branch and Sandy McDougall, Head of Contaminants, Hygiene, Additives and Shellfish Branch, Food Standards Agency

and then from—

Andy Robertson, Chief Executive and James Withers, Deputy Chief Executive, National Farmers Union Scotland

Garry Clark, Policy Manager, Chambers of Commerce

and then from—

Jonathon Stoodley, Head, Application of Community Law Unit, Secretariat General and Neil Mitchison, Head of Representation in Edinburgh, European Commission

2. European Commission’s green paper on a maritime policy: The Committee will consider a paper by the clerk.

3. 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.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 23 January, the Committee will consider further oral evidence in relation to the Inquiry into the Transposition and Implementation of European Directives in Scotland and will consider a draft report on the Inquiry into the European Commission’s Strategy for Growth and Jobs.

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

Justice 2 Committee
16 January 2007
2nd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

2. Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider motion S2M-5408 in the name of David Davidson MSP—

That the Justice 2 Committee considers the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 in the following order: sections 43 to 46, section 1, schedule 1, sections 2 to 42, sections 47 to 49, schedule 2, section 50, schedule 3 and the long title.

3. Justice and home affairs in Europe: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

4. Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill (UK legislation) (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 February, it is expected that the Committee will begin Stage 2 consideration of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee will continue to consider the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (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
16 January 2007
1st Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. ‘A Fairer Way’ Report: The Committee will take evidence on the report by the Local Government Finance Review Committee from—

Sir Peter Burt, Chair, Local Government Finance Review Committee, Professor John Baillie, Peter Daniels and Dr Janet Lowe, Members of Local Government Finance Review Committee, Kenneth McKay, Special Adviser, Local Government Finance Review Committee.

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

the Local Government (Discretionary Payments and Injury Benefits) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/609).

3. European and External Relations Committee Inquiry into the Transposition and Implementation of EU Directives in Scotland: The Committee will consider a letter from the Convener of the European and External Relations Committee.

4. European Commission’s Legislative and Work Programme 2007: The Committee will consider a letter from the Convener of the European and External Relations Committee.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 23 January, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Common Good Petitions PE875, PE896 and PE961.

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

Communities Committee
17 January 2007
2nd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. PAN on Community Engagement: The Committee will take evidence on the draft PAN on Community Engagement from—

Veronica Burbridge, Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland; Alistair Stark, Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland; Petra Biberbach, Planning Aid for Scotland; Clare Symonds, Scottish Environment LINK; Jean Charsley, Hillhead Community Council; Harald Tobermann, Pilrig Residents Association; and Allan Lundmark, Homes for Scotland

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence on PAN on Community Engagement and Subordinate Legislation on EIA Regulations.

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

Justice 1 Committee
17 January 2007
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 5

1. European Justice and Home Affairs: The Committee will consider an update on recent developments in relation to the proposed EU Regulation relating to applicable law and jurisdiction in matrimonial matters and consider its response to two consultations from the European and External Relations Committee.

2. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 23 January, it is expected that the Committee will continue its consideration of its draft report on its inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office.

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

Education Committee
17 January 2007
1st Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Implementation of the Teachers’ Agreement: The Committee will take evidence from—

Annette Bruton, HM Chief Inspector, and Douglas Cairns, HM Assistant Chief Inspector, HM Inspectorate of Education;

and then from—

Councillor Charlie Gray, Councillor Charlie Anderson, Bruce Robertson, Terry Lanagan and Anna Fowlie, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

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

the Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/605).

3. European Commission Work Programme 2007: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Convener of the European and External Relations Committee.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 January, the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on the implementation of the Teachers’ Agreement.

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

Environment and Rural Development Committee
17 January 2007
2nd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Marine environment inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Hugh Shaw, Maritime and Coastguard Agency;
Chris Spray, Director of Environmental Science, Scottish Environment Protection Agency;
Ian Pritchard, Head of Scottish Marine Estate, the Crown Estate;
Paul du Vivier, Chief Executive, Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency;

and then from—

Cllr Josie Simpson, Shetland Islands Council, representing COSLA;
Michael Wright, Manager of Global Connections Department, Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire;
Dr Derek McGlashan, Ports Security/Environment Manager – Scottish Operation, Forth Ports; and
Graham U’ren, Director, Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland.

2. Subordinate legislation: Sarah Boyack MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development, to move motion S2M-5340

that the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Farm Woodland Premium Schemes and SFGS Farmland Premium Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Scheme 2007 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: Sarah Boyack MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development, to move motion S2M-5376

that the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

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

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/601).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 January, the Committee will continue to take evidence on its marine environment inquiry, and will begin consideration of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Public Petitions Committee
17 January 2007
1st Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

PE1011 Amendment of the National Park (Scotland) Act 2000. Ian MacKinnon will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of this petition accompanied by Helen Wilson and Hugh MacPherson.

PE1026 Television coverage of Scottish football. Stuart McMillan will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of this petition.

PE1012 A nationally co-ordinated and nationally funded scheme for erecting informative plaques. Frank Beattie will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of this petition.

PE1010 Alcohol exclusion zones and dispersal orders.

PE1024 Protection of Greenfield sites.

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

PE504 Publication of criminal memoirs. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE884 Environmental protection. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE889 Mental health care and treatment. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE899 Victim Notification Scheme. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE903 Ecovillages. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE904 Breast cancer screening. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE905 The use of excessive packaging in supermarkets. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE858 Protection of ancient woodland. The Committee will consider a response from the Forestry Commission Scotland.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on a deceleration lane at Portlethen South junction off the A90; contracts for water services; declaration of a public holiday known as "Independence Day"; the availability of solicitors prepared to act against other solicitors in cases of negligence or inadequate service and legislation relating to assisted suicide. The Committee is also expected to give further consideration to current petitions on the implementation of "Same As You" A Review of Services for People with Learning Disabilities; Fatal Accident Inquiries; provision of wheelchair services; mental health services; small scale energy generation; study of Scottish history; partial lead pipe replacement and the right to buy local authority housing.

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

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