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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
7 November 2007
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 5 and 6, and any future briefings from the Budget Advisor, in private.

2. Reform of the enterprise networks and VisitScotland: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s reform of the enterprise networks and VisitScotland from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Graeme Dickson, Director of Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Wilson Malone, Head of Enterprise Networks Division, and Suzanne Henderson, Special Projects (Enterprise Networks), Scottish Government.

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

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Rosemary Winter-Scott, Head of Employability and Skills Division, and Laura Barjonas, Programme Director of the Skills Body Project, Scottish Government.

4. Proposed Scottish register of tartans bill: The Committee will consider the proposer’s statement of reasons why a case for the proposed bill has already been established.

5. Inquiry into tourism: The Committee will consider the job description for its proposed adviser.

6. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will consider its approach to scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 21 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider its approach to scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09. The Committee will also take evidence on the Energy Technologies Institute. 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
7 November 2007
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Alex Young, Bill Team Leader, Lifelong Learning Directorate, Chris McCrone, Glasgow Finance Team Leader, Finance Directorate, and Andrew Campbell, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government;

and then from—

Graham Philp, Finance and Fraud Team Leader, and Audrey Clark, Customer Services Section Leader, Student Awards Agency for Scotland; and Ralph Seymour-Jackson, Chief Executive, Student Loans Company.

2. Subordinate legislation: Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Schools and Skills to move S3M-558—

Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Schools and Skills to move S3M-559—

Fiona Hyslop: The Draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2007—That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2007 be approved.

4. Scottish Broadcasting Commission: The Committee will take evidence on the new independent body set up by the Scottish Government to investigate television production and broadcasting in Scotland from—

Blair Jenkins, Chair, Scottish Broadcasting Commission.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 14 November, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Audit Committee
7 November 2007
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 7 and 8 in private.

2. Section 22 Reports: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the Section 22 reports entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of the Scottish Arts Council" and "The 2006/07 Audit of the Western Isles Health Board".

3. Sustainable waste management: The Committee will consider responses from the Accountable Officer and COSLA on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Sustainable waste management". (AGS/2007/7).

4. Estate management in higher education: The Committee will consider responses from Universities Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council and the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Estate management in higher education". (AGS/2007/6).

5. Primary care out-of-hours services: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Primary care out-of-hours services". (AGS/2007/5).

6. PAC Symposium: The Committee will consider an invitation to the Convener to attend a symposium on the Parliamentary scrutiny of public spending organised by the Committee of Public Accounts.

7. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Section 22 Reports entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of the Scottish Arts Council" and "The 2006/07 Audit of the Western Isles Health Board" and to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Primary care out-of-hours services". (AGS/2007/5).

8. Dealing with offending by young people: The Committee will consider its approach to a forthcoming evidence session with the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people". (AGS/2007/4).

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 21 November, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from Philip Rycroft on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report "Dealing with offending by young people" (AGS2007/4) and consider a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report on the 2006/07 Audit of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland Administration.

Local Government and Communities Committee
7 November 2007
8th 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 item 4 in private.

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

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

3. Report of the Electoral Commission: The Committee will consider the report of the Electoral Commission on the Scottish Elections 2007.

4. Proposed Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the proposed Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 14 November, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from representatives of the Housing Supply Task Force and from the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

The Committee expects to take evidence on the proposed Commonwealth Games Bill at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
7 November 2007
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Scottish Government’s Budget 2008-09: The Committee will consider its approach to scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s budget proposals for 2008-09.

2. Crown Estate: The Committee will consider, in the light of evidence taken so far, what further scrutiny to undertake of the issues raised by the Crown EstateReview Working Group report, The Crown Estate in Scotland: new opportunities for public benefits.

3. Flooding and flood management inquiry: The Committee will consider an update on the progress of the inquiry and initial witnesses to give oral evidence.

4. Ticks and tick-borne diseases: The Committee will consider whether to appoint John Scott as a Committee reporter on ticks and tick-borne diseases.

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

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/439);

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

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

Not before 11.00 am

6. Fisheries Council: The Committee will take evidence on the issues to be considered at the December EU Fisheries Council, from—

Dr Euan Dunn, Head of Marine Policy, and Mark Ruskell, Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland; and Helen McLachlan, Marine Policy Officer, WWF Scotland;

and then from—

Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 21 November, the Committee will take further evidence on sea fisheries issues in the run-up to the December Fisheries Council, and may also take further evidence on the Crown Estate and/or evidence on the Scottish Government’s budget proposals. The Cabinet Secretary is expected to give evidence on sea fisheries and on the budget proposals on 5 December.

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

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