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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

Audit Committee
27 February 2007
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. 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).

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

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

4. Annual Report (in private): The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the parliamentary year 7 May 2006 to 2 April 2007.

Not before 10.00 am

5. Accounts Commission: The Committee will take evidence on the overview of local authority audits 2006 from—

Alastair MacNish, Chairman of the acounts Commission, Caroline Gardner, Deputy Auditor General, David Pia, Director of Performance Audit Local Government, Gordon Smail, Senior Manager, Performance Audit and Bill Magee, Secretary, Audit Scotland.

6. Responses to AGS Reports: The Committee will consider responses to the following AGS reports—

Performance management in the Scottish Qualifications Authority (AGS/2006/11)
Scottish Executive: an overview of the performance of transport in Scotland (AGS/2006/10)
and Planning ward nursing – legacy or design? a follow-up report (AGS/2007/1).

7. Responses to Committee Reports: The Committee will consider follow-up responses from the Scottish Executive on the following Committee reports—

Implementing the NHS Consultant Contract in Scotland; and
A mid-term report – a first stage review of the cost and implementation of the teachers’ agreement a Teaching Profession for the 21st Century.

Proposed future business

There are no new items of business planned for future meetings. Ongoing business will be dealt with as required. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
27 February 2007
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

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

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2

and take oral evidence from—

Andrew Mott, Bill Team Leader; and
Laurence Sullivan, Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive.

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

Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2.

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

the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Allowances and Expenses) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);
the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);
the Town and Country Planning (Marine Fish Farming) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft);
the Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/69);
the Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contribution Limits (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/73); and
the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (Alteration of Housing Finance Arrangements) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/74).

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

the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Allowances and Expenses) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft).

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

the Public Service Vehicles (Registration of Local Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/79);
the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/85);
Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2007 (SSI 2007/87);
the Scottish Police Services Authority (Staff Transfer) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/88);
the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/89);
the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (Appointment of Police Members) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/90);
the Official Controls (Animals, Feed and Food) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/91);
the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Specification of Persons) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/92);
the Sale of Alcohol to Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/93);
the Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/94);
the Licensing (Training) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/95);
the Occasional Licence (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/96);
the Licensing (Designated Airports) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/97);
the Licensing Qualification (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/98);
the Common Agricultural Policy Schemes (Cross-Compliance) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/99);
the Adults with Incapacity (Conditions and Circumstances Applicable to Three Year Medical Treatment Certificates) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/100);
the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/102);
the National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/103);
the Adults with Incapacity (Medical Treatment Certificates) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/104);
the Adults with Incapacity (Requirements for Signing Medical Treatment Certificates) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/105); and
the Quick-frozen Foodstuffs Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/106).

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

the Valuation Timetable (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2007/81);
the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/82);
the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No. 3, Transitional and Savings Provisions) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/84);
Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No. 2) (Fees of Solicitors) 2007, (SSI 2007/86); and
the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No. 4, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/101).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 March, 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
27 February 2007
2nd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Code of Conduct for MSPs: The Committee will give further consideration to a draft of the Code of Conduct for MSPs and also consider a draft report to Parliament.

2. Legacy Paper: The Committee will consider a legacy paper for consideration by its successor committee.

3. Annual Report 2006/2007: The Committee will consider a draft annual report.

4. Complaint (in private): The Committee will continue consideration of a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

5. Complaint: The Committee will announce its decision at Stage 3 on a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

6. Complaint (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report.

Proposed future business

At a future meeting the Committee expects to consider the Code of Conduct for MSPs.

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

Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee
27 February 2007
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 1.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at phase two of Consideration Stage.

Proposed future business

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

Justice 2 Committee
27 February 2007
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Rural Housing Bodies) Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2007/58)
the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/72)

2. Subordinate legislation: Johann Lamont MSP (Deputy Minister for Justice) to move the following motions—

S2M-5619—that the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Limit) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved.
S2M-5620—that the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.
S2M-5622—that the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

3. Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 4).

4. Legacy paper: The Committee will consider a legacy paper which will provide advice to its successor Committee, based on its experience of the second Parliamentary Session.

5. Serious Crime Bill (UK legislation) (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on memorandum LCM 13.1 on the Serious Crime Bill, currently under consideration in the UK Parliament.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 March, the Committee will take evidence from the Minister for Justice on the Justice 2 Sub-Committee’s report on Child Sex Offenders. The Committee will also consider a draft annual report.

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

Education Committee
27 February 2007
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.30 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 5 and 6 in private.

2. PE825 - witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsibility for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses.

3. Public petitions: The Committee will consider the following petition—

PE825 by Rosshall Academy Students’ Council and Higher Modern Studies Section calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to ensure that every Scottish secondary school provides lockers for pupils’ use;

and take evidence from—

Jonathan Cunningham, Student, Rosshall Academy
Colin Kerr, Student, Rosshall Academy
Mahreen Iqbal, Student, Rosshall Academy
Lesley McCallum, Teacher of Modern Studies, Rosshall Academy.

4. Public petitions: The Committee will further consider the following petitions in the light of correspondence received from COSLA, the Accounts Commission and the Scottish Executive—

PE853 by Mr Ken Venters, on behalf of Carronhill Action Team
PE872 by Alexander Longmuir, on behalf of the Arbilot Parents Group.

5. Legacy paper: The Committee will consider a draft legacy paper.

6. Teachers’ Agreement: The Committee will consider a draft report on the implementation of the Teachers’ Agreement.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft legacy paper and subordinate legislation on the Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Regulations 2007.

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

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