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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

European and External Relations Committee
27 November 2007
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Inquiry into the transposition of EU directives: The Committee will take evidence from—

Drew Scott, Professor of European Union Studies; Charlie Jeffery, Professor of Politics; and Dr Caitriona Carter, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Edinburgh

and then from—

Michael Clancy, Director of Law Reform and Sarah Fleming, Head of International Relations, Law Society of Scotland; and

David Johnston, QC and Anna Poole, Advocate, Faculty of Advocates

2. Scottish Parliamentary representation on regional and international bodies: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

3. Scottish Government’s International Strategy: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 December, the Committee will take oral evidence from the Deputy First Minister on the Scottish Government’s ‘A National Conversation’. The Committee will also take further oral evidence on its inquiry into the transposition of EU directives and will consider correspondence from the Minister for Europe External Affairs and Culture on the EU Reform Treaty.

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

Justice Committee
27 November 2007
11th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 6

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

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

2. Draft budget scrutiny 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence from—

Joe Grant, General Secretary, Scottish Police Federation and Professor Arthur Midwinter, Financial Consultant to the Scottish Police Federation;

and then from—

Mike Ewart, Chief Executive and Willie Pretswell, Director of Finance and Business Services, Scottish Prison Service.

3. Draft budget scrutiny 2008-09 (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 December, it is expected that the Committee will continue taking evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09.

The Committee expects to consider its draft report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09 at subsequent meetings.

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

Equal Opportunities Committee
27 November 2007
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Petition PE1036: The Committee will consider a petition by John Moist, on behalf of the Remploy Consortium of Trade Unions, on promoting employment opportunities for disabled people by reserving local authority and/or government contracts to supported businesses, as permitted by EU Article 19 on Public Procurement.

2. Petition PE1069: The Committee will consider a petition by Clive McGrory calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to encourage employers to provide home working opportunities for those with disabilities which prevent them from accessing the workplace.

3. European Year of Equal Opportunities for All: The Committee will take evidence on the barriers to mainstreaming, in a round-table discussion, from—

Morag Alexander, Equality and Human Rights Commission;

Scott Skinner, Scottish Enterprise;

Mary Senior, STUC;

Carol Fox, Thompsons Solicitors; and

Fran Wasoff, University of Edinburgh.

4. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09 from—

Muriel Robison, Equality and Human Rights Commission;

Tim Hopkins, Equality Network;

Callum Guthrie, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations;

Morag Gillespie, Scottish Poverty Information Unit; and

Angela O’Hagen, Scottish Women’s Budget Group.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09 and consider oral evidence on the Scottish Government’s approach to equalities.

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

Finance Committee
27 November 2007
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2) (in private): The Committee will consider a paper from the Budget Adviser.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 December, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09.

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09 at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
27 November 2007
12th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Subordinate Legislation: Stewart Stevenson MSP (Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change) to move S3M-790—

Stewart Stevenson: the Draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (inquiries and Hearings procedure) Rules 2007—That the Transport, infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Inquiries and Hearings Procedure) Rule 2007 be approved.

2. Subordinate Legislation: Stewart Stevenson MSP (Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change) to move S3M-791—

Stewart Stevenson: the Draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Applications and Rejections Procedure) Rules 2007—That the Transport, infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Applications and Rejections Procedure) Rule 2007 be approved.

3. Subordinate Legislation: Stewart Stevenson MSP (Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change) to move S3M-792—

Stewart Stevenson: the Draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consents Under Enactments) Rules 2007—That the Transport, infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the draft Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Inquiries and Hearings Procedure) Rule 2007 be approved.

4. Budget Process: The Committee will take evidence on Budget Process 2008/09 from—

Valerie Davidson, Assistant Chief Executive, SPT; Dave Duthie, Partnership Director, HITRANS; Councillor Alison Hay, Environment, Sustainability and Community Safety Spokesperson, COSLA; and Alex Macauley, Chief Executive, SEStran.

and then from—

Garry Clark, Policy Manager, Scottish Chambers of Commerce; Iain Duff, Chief Economist, SCDI; Neil Renilson, Chief Executive, Transport Edinburgh Ltd; and Marjory Roger, Director of Government Relations, Confederation of Passenger Transport UK.

and then from—

James King, Board Member, Passenger Focus; Ron McAuley, Director, Network rail Scotland, and Gerard O’Hanlon, Head of Business Planning, First Scotrail.

5. Ferry Links to Scotland: The Committee will consider its approach to its inquiry into ferry links in Scotland.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Budget Process from the Cabinet Secretary. At this meeting the Committee will consider the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
27 November 2007
13th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Delegated powers memorandum: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—

Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

2. Legislative consent memorandum: The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Climate Change Bill.

3. Scottish Government responses: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s responses in relation to the following—

the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/506).

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

the Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part IIA Contaminated Land: The Radioactive Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2007 Draft Statutory Guidance (SE/2007/168).

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

the Licensing (Relevant Offences) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/513);

the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Export and Movement Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/518);

the Zootechnical Standards Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/521);

the Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/522).

the Seed Potatoes (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/520);

the Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/514);

the Public Health (Ships) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/515); and

the Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/517);

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

the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No.6) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/512);

the Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/516); and

the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (Commencement No.1) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/519).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider Scottish Statutory Instruments and any other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure. The Committee will also consider the delegated powers of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill.

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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
28 November 2007
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09, from—

Jack Perry, Chief Executive, Hugh Hall, Chief Financial Officer, and Andrew Downie, Finance Director, Group Operations, Scottish Enterprise;

and then from—

Sandy Cumming, Chief Executive, Forbes Duthie, Director of Corporate Services, and Sandy Brady, Director of Strategy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

and then from—

Philip Riddle, Chief Executive, and Riddell Graham, Director of Strategy, Partnership and Communications, VisitScotland;

and then from—

Councillor Alison Hay, Regeneration and Sustainable Development Spokesperson, James Fowlie, Team Leader, Environment and Regeneration, Barbra Lindsay, Strategic Director, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, and David Valentine, Head of Economic Development, Angus Council and representative of SOLACE and SLAED.

3. Tourism inquiry – appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser in connection with its current Inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 December 2007, it is expected that the Committee will continue its scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09 with an oral evidence session with the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Health and Sport Committee
28 November 2007
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Budget Process 2008/09: The Committee will take evidence from—

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing; John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth; and Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, the Scottish Government.

2. Budget Process 2008/09: The Committee will consider the evidence heard today.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Budget Process 2008/09.

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
28 November 2007
11th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 4 and any future consideration of the draft Stage 1 Report on the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill in private.

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

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Stephen Kerr, Head of Higher Education and Learner Support, Lifelong Learning Directorate, Chris McCrone, Glasgow Finance Team Leader, Finance Directorate and Douglas Tullis, Head of Solicitors Education, Enterprise and Pensions Division, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

3. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the draft budget from—

Howard McKenzie, Acting Chief Executive, Association of Scotland’s Colleges; David Caldwell, Director, Universities Scotland; and Roger McClure, Chief Executive, Scottish Funding Council.

4. Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider written evidence received on the general principles of the Bill and will consider its approach to its draft Stage 1 Report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 December it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on the budget process 2008-09 and will consider its draft Stage 1 Report 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.

Local Government and Communities Committee
28 November 2007
11th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence from Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport, Mike Foulis, Director of Housing and Regeneration and Dr Andrew Scott, Head of Social Housing Division, Scottish Government.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 December it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s 2008-2009 budget from John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Development, and from CoSLA; consider subordinate legislation on Business Improvement Districts and take evidence from the Electoral Commission on its report "Scottish Elections 2007".

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

Section C – Other Future Meetings

This section includes the agendas of other forthcoming meetings and outlines proposed future business, which may be subject to change.

Scottish Commission for Public Audit
3rd Meeting, 2007 (Session 3)
Wednesday 28 November 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6.

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Commission will consider whether to take agenda item 3, and future consideration of a draft report on Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2008-09, in private.

2. Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2008-09 and Autumn Budget Revision 2007-08: The Commission will take evidence from—

Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland;

Russell Frith, Director of Audit Strategy; and

Diane McGiffen, Director of Corporate Services, Audit Scotland.

3. Audit Scotland evidence: The Commission will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 2 to inform the preparation of its report on Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2008-09.

Proposed future business

The next meeting of the Commission is expected to be on 12 December 2007. At that meeting, the Commission will consider a draft of its report on Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2008-09. For further details, contact the Secretary to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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