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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.

Justice Committee
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

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

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

the Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/453);and

the Gambling Act 2005 (Fees No. 4) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/461).

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

Joe Grant, General Secretary and Alasdair Gillies, Secretary of the Inspectors’ Central Committee, Scottish Police Federation;

and then from—

Chief Superintendent Clive Murray, National President and Superintendent Val McHoull, National Second Vice-President, Association of Scottish Police Superintendents;

and then from—

Colin McKerracher, Chief Constable, Grampian Police and President of ACPOS, Peter Wilson, Chief Constable, Fife Constabulary and Honorary Secretary of ACPOS and Doug Cross, Director of Corporate Services, Tayside Police and Chair of ACPOS Finance Management Business Area;

and then from—

HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Paddy Tomkins and Assistant Inspector of Constabulary Malcolm R Dickson.

3. 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.

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

Equal Opportunities Committee
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. Proposed Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee willtake evidence on the draft proposal and statement of reasonsfrom—

Patrick Harvie MSP; and

David Cullum, Non-Executive Bills Unit.

3. Budget Process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will receive a briefing on the work of the Equality Proofing Budget and Policy Advisory Group (EPBPAG) from—

Philippa Bonella, EPBPAG member, Equality and Human Rights Commission;

and

Laura Turney, EPBPAG Chair, Scottish Government Equality Unit.

4. European Union: The Committee will consider a briefing paper on European matters.

5. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider its approach to the budget process.

6. Committee inquiries (in private): The Committee will consider a paper on possible inquiry topics.

Finance Committee
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill from—

Gavin Gray, Living Costs Support Team Leader, Lifelong Learning Directorate, and Chris McCrone, Finance Team Leader, Finance Directorate, Scottish Government.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill in private at a future meeting.

3. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider its approach to scrutiny of subordinate legislation.

5. Budget process 2008-09 - 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 claims for witness expenses arising from the Committee’s consideration of the budget process 2008-09.

Public Petitions Committee
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Nigel Don MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—

PE1062 Lancastria commemorative medal

Mark Hirst will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Fiona Symon and Lt. Commander Chris Walsh, Royal Navy.

PE1080 Re-introduction of passenger services on the Edinburgh South Suburban Railway

Lawrence Marshall will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Andrew Robb and Patrick Hutton.

PE1067 A76 Upgrading and implementing a safety strategy for the A76

PE1068 Public health risks associated with racing pigeons

PE1078 Protection of historic sites

PE1079 Educational maintenance allowance

PE1081 Maritime and maritime air space responsibilities and organisations

PE1082 Review of consultation practices and reinstatement of funding to Scottish Civic Forum.

PE1083 The creation of local museums.

4. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—

PE765 and PE795 Retention of fire control rooms

PE886 Alzheimer’s disease

PE920/PE922/PE1018 NHS dental services

PE923 Pastoral and spiritual care in hospitals

PE981 Recruitment and appointment of NHS psychologists

PE1004 Environmental impact of animal gasification plants

PE1031 Assisted suicide

PE1034 Post legislative monitoring body.

5. Notification of new petitions: The Committee will consider a paper on new petitions lodged since the last Committee meeting.

6. Witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsibility for arranging for the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses in the Committee’s consideration of petitions.

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

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

the Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (City of Edinburgh) Designation Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/446).

2. Petition: The Committee will consider Petition PE894 on the provision of rail services between Inverness, Thurso and Wick.

3. Ferry Links to the Scottish Islands: The Committee will consider its approach to its inquiry into ferry links to the Scottish Islands.

4. Climate Change: The Committee will consider its approach to gathering information on climate change issues in advance of forthcoming legislation.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 7 in private.

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

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

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

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

3. Instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following––

the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Incidental, Supplemental and Consequential Provisions) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/draft).

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

the District Courts and Justices of the Peace (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/480);

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/481);

the Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/483);

The Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/484);

the Environmental Impact Assessment and Natural Habitats (Extraction of Minerals by Marine Dredging) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/485); and

the Education (School and Placing Information) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/487).

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

the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No.2 and Transitional Provisions and Savings) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/479).

6. Consolidation Working Group: The Committee will consider a report from the Clerk.

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

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