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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: whttp://ww.scottish.parliament.uk/business/committees/index.htm

Environment and Rural Development Committee
7 February 2007
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

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

PE956 by Mary Douglas calling on the Parliament to urge the Executive to ensure the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994, as amended, are applied in relation to ship to ship oil transfers in Scotland; and
PE982 by B Linden Jarvis calling on the Parliament to consider and debate the implications of proposed ship to ship transfers of oil at anchor in the Forth Estuary, specifically focussing such consideration and debate on the likely impact of such operations upon wildlife, tourism, local authority funding of clean-up and how it may use its powers within the 12 mile tidal limits to protect the local ecology, scenery, environment and areas of special scientific interest and habitat within the Estuary;

and will take evidence from—

Les Douglas, Petitioner;
B Linden Jarvis, Petitioner;

and then from—

Iain Rennick, Area Manager, Forth and Borders, SNH;
Richard Evans, Sites Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland;
Dr Bob McLellan, Head of Transportation Services, Fife Council;
Stephen Walker, Acting Head of Environmental Health, The City of Edinburgh Council;

and then from—

Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive, Captain Bob Baker, Asset Manager Marine/Chief Harbour Master, Dr. Derek McGlashan, Ports Security/Environment Manager (Scottish Operation) and Morag McNeill, Group Company Secretary, Forth Ports plc;

and then from—

Sarah Boyack MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development, Fiona Harrison, Head of Marine Management Division, Bruce Stewart, Marine Strategy, and Judith Morrison, Legal and Parliamentary Services, Scottish Executive.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 February the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill.

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

Justice 1 Committee
7 February 2007
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 4

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 February 2007 it is expected that the Committee will continue its consideration of its draft report on its inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry.

The Committee expects to consider the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 at a future meeting. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Communities Committee
7 February 2007
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private and to consider its legacy paper in private at future meetings.

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

the Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/614).

3. Petition: The Committee will consider petition PE903 by Eurig Scandrett calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to develop and introduce a Scottish Planning Policy document on ecovillages.

4. Legacy paper: The Committee will consider whether to prepare a legacy paper for consideration by its successor Committee, and what it might contain.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 February 2007 it is expected that the Committee will consider the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

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

Education Committee
7 February 2007
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Russell Gunson, Policy and Communications Officer, and Alex Cole-Hamilton, Senior Parliamentary Officer, Youthlink and member of Policy Committee, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

and then from—

Penny Curtis, Team Leader, Education, Children and Young People, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities;
Lynn Townsend, Head of Service, West Dunbartonshire Council, Association of Directors of Education;
Michelle Miller, Fife Council, Convener, Children and Social Care, Association of Directors of Social Work;

and then, not before 11.30 am, from—

Robert Brown, Deputy Minister for Education and Young People;
Claire Monaghan, Head of Children and Families Division, Andrew Mott, Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill Manager, Moira Oliphant, Children and Families Division, Education Department, Scottish Executive and Liz Sadler, Police Division, Justice Department, Scottish Executive.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on Tuesday 13 February it is expected that the Committee will consider the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1)

The Committee will continue to consider the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (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.

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