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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

Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee
12 February 2007
1st Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 1.45 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked improvements Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Consideration Stage from—

Objector group 37

Stuart Borrowman, Convener, Platform Blackridge

E. Clark Steele, Chair, Blackridge Community Council

Steven Webster, Chair, Greenrigg Community Council

Ron McAulay, Director Scotland, Network Rail

Karen Gribben, Legal Adviser, Network Rail

Hugh Wark, Senior Project Manager, Network Rail

Alastair Camelford, Consultant, Jacobs Babtie

2. Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill from—

Panel 1 (Housing forecasts, new development and access to stations, S75 agreements)

David McDove, Traffic and Transportation Team Leader, North Lanarkshire Council

Alan Leslie, Senior Planning Officer, North Lanarkshire Council

David Baxter, Senior Planning Officer, North Lanarkshire Council

Jim Dickson, Director of Development and Environmental Services, West Lothian Council

Craig McCorriston, Strategic Planning Manager, West Lothian Council

Graeme Malcolm, Transportation Manager, West Lothian Council

Panel 2 (Local bus provision and integration with railway)

David McDove, Traffic and Transportation Team Leader, North Lanarkshire Council

David Baxter, Senior Planning Officer, North Lanarkshire Council

Roy Mitchell, Public Transport Manager, West Lothian Council

Graeme Malcolm, Transportation Manager, West Lothian Council

John Halliday, Assistant Chief Executive, Transport and Strategy, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Mike Heyes, Public Transport Officer, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Panel 3 (Improvements to cycle path alignment and access to stations)

John Lauder, SUSTRANS

Peter Hawkins, CTC/SPOKES

Panel 4 (Improvements to cycle path alignment and access to stations)

David McDove, Traffic and Transportation Team Leader, North Lanarkshire Council

David Baxter, Senior Planning Officer, North Lanarkshire Council

John Duffy, Access Officer, North Lanarkshire Council

Graeme Malcolm, Transportation Manager, West Lothian Council

Panel 5 (Flood risk assessment and Code of Construction Practice)

Angela Burke, Planning Officer, SEPA

Marc Becker, Senior Hydrologist, SEPA

Drew Aitken, Senior Hydrologist, SEPA

Panel 6 (European Protected Species and Code of Construction Practice)

Erica Knott, Casework Support Officer, SNH

Ian Bray, Area Officer West Lothian, SNH

Panel 7 (Flood risk assessment)

David McDove, Traffic and Transportation Team Leader, North Lanarkshire Council

David Miller, Geotechnical Team Leader, North Lanarkshire Council

Graeme Hedger, Senior Professional Officer, Flood Prevention Team, West Lothian Council

Panel 8 (Code of Construction Practice and Noise and Vibration Policy)

David McDove, Traffic and Transportation Team Leader, North Lanarkshire Council

Jeff Toner, Pollution Control Team Leader, North Lanarkshire Council

Paul Baker, Ecologist, Community Services, North Lanarkshire Council

David Baxter, Senior Planning Officer, North Lanarkshire Council

Andrew Blake, Environmental Health and Trading Standards Manager, West Lothian Council

Panel 9 (Housing forecasts, new development and access to stations, S75 agreements)

Ron McAulay, Director Scotland, Network Rail

Karen Gribben, Legal Adviser, Network Rail

David Simmonds, Director, David Simmonds Consultancy

Panel 10 (Patronage forecasting)

Ron McAulay, Director Scotland, Network Rail

David Simmonds, Director, David Simmonds Consultancy

Craig Mitchell, Consultant, Jacobs Babtie

Alastair Camelford, Consultant, Jacobs Babtie

Panel 11 (Local bus provision and integration with railway)

Ron McAulay, Director Scotland, Network Rail

Karen Gribben, Legal Adviser, Network Rail

Alastair Camelford, Consultant, Jacobs Babtie

Panel 12 (Improvements to cycle path alignment and access to stations)

Ron McAulay, Director Scotland, Network Rail

Craig Mitchell, Consultant, Jacobs Babtie

Hugh Wark, Senior Project Manager, Network Rail

Panel 13 (Flood risk assessment)

Ron McAulay, Director Scotland, Network Rail

Dr John Riddell, Civil Engineering Consultant

Jim Millar, Technical Director, Ironside Farrar

Hugh Wark, Senior Project Manager, Network Rail

Panel 14 (European Protected Species)

Ron McAulay, Director Scotland, Network Rail

David Bell, Ecologist, ECOS

Jim Millar, Technical Director, Ironside Farrar

Hugh Wark, Senior Project Manager, Network Rail

Panel 15 (Code of Construction Practice and Noise and Vibration Policy)

Ron McAulay, Director Scotland, Network Rail

Dr Bernadette McKell, Partner, Hamilton & McGregor

Hugh Wark, Senior Project Manager, Network Rail

Karen Gribben, Legal Adviser, Network Rail

Panel 16 (Objection update)

Karen Gribben, Legal Adviser, Network Rail

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to consider a draft Consideration Stage report in private at future meetings.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting it is expected that the Committee will further consider the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill.

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

Audit Committee
13 February 2007
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 6, 7 and 8 in private. The Committee will also consider whether to take consideration of its draft annual report in private at its next meeting.

2. Ward Nursing: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Planning ward nursing – legacy or design? a follow-up report" (AGS/2007/1).

3. Teaching Profession: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive on its 7th report 2006 entitled "A mid-term report – a first stage review of the cost and implementation of the teachers’ agreement a Teaching Profession for the 21st Century".

4. Audit Scotland Forward Work Programme: The Committee will consider Audit Scotland’s Programme of Performance Audits 2007/08.

5. Responses to AGS Reports: The Committee will consider responses to the following reports by the Auditor General for Scotland—

Informed to Care – Managing IT to deliver information in the NHS in Scotland;

Catering for patients: A follow-up report;

Overview of the financial performance of the NHS in Scotland 2005/06;

The Efficient Government Initiative: A Progress Report; and

The 2005/06 Audit of the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency.

6. Consideration of Approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Planning ward nursing – legacy or design? a follow-up report" (AGS/2007/1).

7. Review of Community Planning Partnerships: The Committee will consider a draft report for its inquiry into the AGS report entitled "Community Planning: an initial review" (AGS/2006/7).

8. Legacy paper: The Committee will consider its draft Legacy paper for the successor Audit Committee in the next session of the Scottish Parliament.

9. Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments, Agencies and NDPBs (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the AGS report entitled "Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments, Agencies and NDPBs" (AGS/2006/9).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 February, it is expected that the Committee will continue to consider its draft report into relocation. The Committee will also take evidence from the Accounts Commission on the overview of local authority audits.

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

Communities Committee
13 February 2007
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 February, 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.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
13 February 2007
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Legislative consent memorandum: The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Serious Crime Bill.

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

Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005: Draft Guidance for Licensing Boards and Local Authorities, (SE/2007/9);

the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority (Constitution, Membership and Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2007/23);

the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No. 2 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/26); and

the Sulphur Content of Liquid Fuels (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/27).

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

the Business Improvement Districts (Ballot Arrangements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Gambling Act 2005 (Mandatory and Default Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 (Modification of Agency’s Powers and Incidental Provision) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Representation of the People (Post-Local Government Elections Supply and Inspection of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Representation of the People (Postal Voting for Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Notification Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);

the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft); and

the Town and Country Planning (Marine Fish Farming) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft).

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

the Contaminants in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/29);

the Licensing Register (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/33);

the Licence Transfer (Prescribed Persons) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/34);

the Licensing (Closure Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/35);

the Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Areas and Rateable Value Limits) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2007/36);

the Notification of Marketing of Food for Particular Nutritional Uses (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/37);

the Sea Fishing (Prohibition on the Removal of Shark Fins) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/39);

the Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/40);

the Registration of Civil Partnerships (Prescription of Forms, Publicisation and Errors) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/53);

the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Re-registration) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/54);

the Smoke Control Areas (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/55); and

the Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/56).

5. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Radioactivity in Sheep) Partial Revocation (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/38).

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

the Tourist Boards (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/47);

the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/49);

the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No. 5) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/50); and

the Registration Services (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/52).

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 20 February, it is expected that 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.

Standards and Public Appointments Committee
13 February 2007
1st Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

2. Code of Conduct for MSPs: The Committee will consider next steps in its review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs.

3. Legacy Paper: The Committee will consider next steps in its review of the Code of Conduct.

4. Complaint: The Committee will undertake its initial consideration of a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Commissioner.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 16 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider replacing the Member’s Interest Order in further detail.

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

Education Committee
13 February 2007
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).

The Committee will continue its Stage 2 consideration of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (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 1 Committee
13 February 2007
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 3

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 February, it is expected that the Committee will begin Stage 2 consideration of the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill. In addition, the Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into Family Support Services.

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

Enterprise and Culture Committee
13 February 2007
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Creative Scotland and the creative industries: The Committee will take evidence from—

Patricia Ferguson MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Greig Chalmers, Head of National Cultural Delivery Unit, and Heather Jack, Head of Cultural Policy Division, Scottish Executive.

2. Globalisation and the impact on the environment and the Scottish economy - Young’s Seafood’s in Annan and NCR: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Transport and General Workers’ Union and a briefing paper from the clerk.

3. Legacy paper: The Committee will consider a draft paper.

4. Business in the Parliament Conference: The Committee will consider plans for a future conference.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 February, the Committee will consider subordinate legislation. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 2 Committee
13 February 2007
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).

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

the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/14); and

the Police Grant (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/24).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 February, the Committee will continue to consider the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will also take evidence from the Deputy Minister for Justice on the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Serious Crime 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
13 February 2007
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Subordinate legislation: Mr Brian Monteith to move S2M-5541—

that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/2).

2. Petitions PE875, PE896 and PE961: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk on the common good petitions.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider several SSI’s including the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005: Draft Guidance for Licensing Boards and Local Authorities (SE/2007/9).

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

European and External Relations Committee
13 February 2007
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 3.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

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

George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Business.

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.

4. European Commission’s Legislative and Work Programme 2007: The Committee will consider its priorities.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting the Committee is likely to take evidence from the Scottish Executive on its EU Priorities and consider its draft report on the Inquiry into the Transposition and Implementation of European Directives in Scotland, its draft Legacy Paper and its draft response to the European Commission’s green paper on a Maritime Policy. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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