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Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

European and External Relations Committee
6th 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 items 6 and 7 in private.

2. Scottish Government’s external affairs policies: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s external affairs policies from—

Linda Fabiani MSP, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture

3. Maritime Policy for the European Union: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

4. EU Reform Treaty: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

5. Scottish Government’s ‘A National Conversation’: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government.

6. Inquiry into the transposition of EU directives: The Committee will consider a paper on the remit of the inquiry from the Committee reporters.

7. Inquiry into International Development: The Committee will consider a paper on the remit of the inquiry.

Justice Committee
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

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 instruments—

the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council (Listed Tribunals) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/436);

the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/438);

the Premises Licenses (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/452); and

the Licensing (Transitional and Saving Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/454).

3. Effective use of police resources inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Councillor Iain Whyte, Lothian and Borders Joint Police Board; Councillor Norman Macleod, Northern Joint Police Board; Councillor Martin Greig, Grampian Joint Police Board; and David Higgins, Secretary, Police Authority Conveners Forum;

and then from—

Frances Wood, Head of Community Safety Unit and Liz Levy, Principal Research Officer, Police and Community Safety Directorate, Scottish Government.

4. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will consider its approach to the budget process.

5. Effective use of police resources inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider whether to accept written evidence received after the deadline for submission of written evidence.

6. Effective use of police resources inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session.

Finance Committee
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

2. Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill.

3. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

4. Inquiry into the funding of capital investment projects – appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser in connection with its inquiry.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
2nd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Declaration of interests: Jamie McGrigor MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Cross-Party Groups (Standards): The Committee will consider applications for recognition from five proposed Cross-Party Groups.

3. Elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (Procedures): The Committee will consider its approach to a possible change to Rule 3.7.

4. Points of order (Procedures): The Committee will consider its approach to possible changes to Rule 8.17.

5. Review of Volume 2, Section 8 of the Code of Conduct (Standards): The Committee will consider its approach to a review to Volume 2, Section 8 of the Code of Conduct.

6. Guidance on Cross-Party Groups (Standards): The Committee will consider guidance to be issued to the Conveners of all Cross-Party Groups.

7. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to consider the following items in private: item 8 on its work programme, and at its next meeting, legal advice on report CPA/2007/02 by the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.

8. Work programme: The Committee will consider a note from the Clerk in relation to its work programme.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Scottish Government responses: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response in relation to the following––

the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No.6, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/447); and

the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No.4) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/460).

2. Instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

the Budget (Scotland) Act 2007 Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/draft).

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

the Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/471);

the Import and Export Restrictions (Foot-and-Mouth Disease) (Scotland) (No.5) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/473);

the Contaminants in Food (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/470); and

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/475).

4. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following––

the Act of Sederunt (Ordinary Cause, Summary Application, Summary Cause and Small Claim Rules) Amendment (Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004) 2007 (SSI 2007/463);

the Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Bankruptcy Rules 1996) Amendment (Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004) 2007 (SSI 2007/467);

the Act of Sederunt (Chancery Procedure Rules 2006) Amendment (Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004) 2007 (SSI 2007/469);

the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry Procedure (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2007 (SSI 2007/478);

the Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Company Insolvency Rules 1986) Amendment (Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004) 2007 (SSI 2007/464);

the Act of Sederunt (Proceedings in the Sheriff Court under the Debtors (Scotland) Act 1987) Amendment (Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004) 2007 (SSI 2007/465);

the Act of Sederunt (Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002) Amendment (Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004) 2007 (SSI 2007/466);

the Act of Sederunt (Child Care and Maintenance Rules 1997) Amendment (Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004) 2007 (SSI 2007/468); and

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/472).

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.30 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft Stage 1 Report on the Bill.

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