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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

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
26 September 2007
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Mary Mulligan MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Free school meals pilot: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s proposed free school meals pilot from—

Adam Ingram MSP, Minister for Children and Early Years and David Cowan, Policy Officer, Support for Learning Division, Schools Directorate, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Adam Ingram MSP (Minister for Children and Early Years) to move S3M-419—

Fiona Hyslop: Draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2007— That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

4. Skills for Scotland: A Lifelong Skills Strategy: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Skills Strategy from—

Howard McKenzie, Acting Chief Executive, Association of Scotland’s Colleges and David Caldwell, Director, Universities Scotland;

and then from—

Grahame Smith, General Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress;

and then from—

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and Rosemary Winter-Scott, Head of Employability and Skills Division, Lifelong Learning Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

the Provision of School Education for Children under School Age (Prescribed Children) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/396);

the Regulation of Care (Social Service Workers) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/407); and

the Disclosure Scotland (Staff Transfer) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/417).

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 3 October, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the issue of higher and further education funding and governance.

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

Audit Committee
26 September 2007
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: Claire Baker MSP, Trish Godman MSP and Hugh Henry MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose a new Convener.

3. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 7 in private.

4. Sustainable waste management: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Sustainable waste management" (AGS/2007/7).

5. Estate Management in higher education: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Estate management in higher education" (AGS/2007/6).

6. Section 22 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the Section 22 report entitled "The 2006/2007 Audit of Scottish Water".

7. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the AGS reports entitled: "Estate management in higher education" (AGS/2007/6), "Sustainable waste management" (AGS/2007/7) and the section 22 report entitled "The 2006/2007 Audit of Scottish Water".

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 24 October, it is expected that the Committee will consider further briefings from the Auditor General for Scotland.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
26 September 2007
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Patricia Ferguson MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Housing Supply Task Force: The Committee will take evidence from the following members of the Housing Supply Task Force—

Kennedy Foster, Council of Mortgage Lenders, Brian Gegan, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Archie Stoddart, Shelter.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 3 October, the Committee will take evidence on the operation of the Scottish Government’s Central Heating Programme, the Warm Deal and other grants. The Committee does not then expect to meet again until after the October recess.

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

Health and Sport Committee
26 September 2007
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: Rhoda Grant MSP and Dr Richard Simpson MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private.

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

the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/389)

and will take evidence from—

Chris Naldrett, Branch Head and Shelagh Scott, Policy Officer, Primary and Community Care and Billy Reid, Policy Officer, Blood and Rehabilitation Equipment Team, Scottish Government.

4. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence from—

Bill Howat, Lead Reviewer and Jenny Stewart, Budget Review Group.

5. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will consider its approach to scrutiny of the budget process in the light of evidence taken at this meeting.

6. Committee work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 3 October, it is expected that the Committee will consider its work programme.

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

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