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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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
3 October 2007
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Lewis MacDonald MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 6 in private.

3. Approach to developing a work programme: The Committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

Iain M McMillan, Director, CBI Scotland;

Andrew Watson, Acting Head of Press and Parliamentary Affairs, Federation of Small Businesses Scotland;

Iain D Duff, Chief Economist and Policy Manager, The Scottish Council for Development and Industry;

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress;

Liz Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce;

Steve Dunlop, Director, British Waterways Scotland;

Dr Janet Lowe, Chair of the Skills Committee, Scottish Funding Council;

Jim Lee, Secretary, Co-operation & Mutuality Scotland Ltd;

Dr Howard Marriage, Entrepreneur in Residence, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh; and

Antonia Swinson, Chief Executive, Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition.

4. Approach to developing a work programme: The Committee will discuss its work programme and the subject matter of any inquiries.

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

PE837 by Neil Hollow, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to encourage the fitting of small-scale energy generation equipment to buildings and to addresses issues of planning and the charging regime.

PE969 by Alan Kennedy, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to promote and encourage the development and installation of micro-power renewable energy technology in business and domestic premises and to set targets for doing so.

6. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will consider a shortlist of candidates for the appointment of an adviser on the budget process 2008-09.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 24 October, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from Sir George Mathewson, Chair, The Council of Economic Advisers.

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

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
3 October 2007
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Higher and further education funding and governance: The Committee will take evidence on higher and further education funding and governance from—

Howard McKenzie, Acting Chief Executive, Association of Scotland’s Colleges;

and then from—

David Caldwell, Director, Universities Scotland;

and then from—

Roger McClure, Chief Executive, Scottish Funding Council;

and then from—

James Alexander, President, National Union of Students Scotland.

3. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2) - appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser in connection with its forthcoming consideration of the Scottish Government’s Budget.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 24 October, it is expected that the Committee will consider subordinate legislation.

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

Health and Sport Committee
3 October 2007
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/390);

the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/391);

the National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Section 17C Agreements) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/393);

the Miscellaneous Food Additives and Sweeteners in Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/412);

the National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/422);

the Food for Particualr Nutritional Uses (Scotland) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/424); and

the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Lid Gaskets) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/433).

2. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence on the sport aspects of the Budget Review Group’s reports from—

Bill Howat, Lead Reviewer, and Bill Hughes, Budget Review Group.

3. Budget process 2008-09 (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to scrutiny of the sport budget in the light of evidence taken today.

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

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 24 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.

Local Government and Communities Committee
3 October 2007
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

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

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

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Repayment Charge and Discharge) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/419).

3. Fuel poverty: The Committee will take evidence from—

Eddie Follan, Public Affairs Manager, Energywatch;

Norman Kerr, Director, Energy Action Scotland;

Nick Waugh, Policy Officer, Help the Aged;

and then from—

Sandy Black, Home Energy Adviser, Scottish Borders Council;

Eddy Collier, Director, Scottish Gas;

Roger Harris, Head of Private Sector Policy Delivery, Communities Scotland;

Dr Andrew Scott, Head of Social Housing Division, Scottish Government.

4. Fuel poverty: The Committee will discuss the evidence taken from witnesses in agenda item 3.

Proposed future business
It is expected that the Committee will review its work programme when it meets again after the October recess.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
3 October 2007
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: Karen Gillon will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Crown Estate: The Committee will take evidence on the Crown Estate Review Working Group report, The Crown Estate in Scotland: new opportunities for public benefits, from—

Councillor Richard Durham, member of the Highland Council and former chair of the Working Group, Councillor Norman MacDonald, member of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and George Hamilton, employee of the Highland Council and former secretary to the Working Group, Highlands and Islands Local Authority Conveners’ Group.

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

the Surface Waters (Shellfish) (Classification) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/427); and

the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No.3) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/428).

4. Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation: The Committee will consider a paper and decide what, if any, further scrutiny to undertake.

5. Rural housing inquiry: The Committee will consider a paper on initial evidence-gathering to inform the remit of the inquiry.

6. European Union Scrutiny: The Committee will consider a paper updating it on EU issues relevant to its remit.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 24 October, the Committee will take evidence from the Crown Estate on the Crown Estate Review Working group’s report and consider subordinate legislation on the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme.

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

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