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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

Justice Committee
4 December 2007
12th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

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

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Robert Gordon, Director-General, Justice and Communities, Alastair Merrill, Deputy Director, Police Powers, Performance and Resources, Scottish Government and Ruth Ritchie, Scottish Government Finance Directorate: Justice.

2. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Justice) to move S3M-904—

Kenny MacAskill: Draft Scottish Police Services Authority (Police Support Services) (Modification) Order 2007—That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Scottish Police Services Authority (Police Support Services) (Modification) Order 2007 be approved.

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

the Remote Monitoring Requirements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2007 (SSI2007/508).

4. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft report on budget scrutiny in private at future meetings. The Committee will also decide whether to consider an options paper on its inquiry into the effective use of police resources and the draft report in private at future meetings.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider its draft report on its scrutiny of the draft budget 2008-09; and petitions PE767 on the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976 and PE997 on Abusive Parents.

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

Equal Opportunities Committee
4 December 2007
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider a draft report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09 in private at future meetings.

2. Scottish Government’s approach to equal opportunities: The Committee will take evidence from—

Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport, and Yvonne Strachan, Head of the Equality Unit, Scottish Government.

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

Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport, and Yvonne Strachan, Head of the Equality Unit, Scottish Government.

4. Census 2011: The Committee will take evidence on the Census 2011 from—

Mr Duncan Macniven, Registrar General for Scotland and Peter Scrimgeour, Head of Census Division, General Register Office for Scotland (GROS).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider possible inquiry topics.

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

Finance Committee
4 December 2007
11th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

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

2. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Jan Bebbington, Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews;

Maf Smith, Director (Scotland), Sustainable Development Commission;

Ian Thomson, Reader, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Strathclyde Business School; and

Dr Dan Barlow, Acting Director, WWF Scotland;

and then from—

Councillor Pat Watters, President, Rory Mair, Chief Executive, and Martin Booth, Head of Finance, COSLA.

3. Public sector pay: The Committee will discuss its approach to consideration of pay policy as it relates to Scottish senior public appointments.

4. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider written evidence received on the Financial Memorandum.

5. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider draft guidance to the Parliamentary subject committees.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 10 December in Dundee, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09 from John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth.

The Committee expects continue to consider the 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.

Public Petitions Committee
4 December 2007
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

PE1090 National proof of age card for 12-26 year olds

John Drummond will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Pete Cheema and Colin Landsburgh.

PE1084 Merging of neurology units

Walter Baxter will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Mrs Betty Anderson and Mrs Jess Small.

PE1045 Scottish Enterprise funding for hairdressing trainees

PE1075 Registered social landlords

PE1076 Appeal tribunal to review Scottish Public Services Ombudsman decisions

PE1092 Seven day care provision

PE1093 Nursery school closures

PE1094 Objecting to quarrying activity

PE1095 Protection from wind farm developments

2. Further consideration of current petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—

PE544 Inquiry into fingerprint identification

PE789 Methadone prescriptions

PE808 Psychiatric services for deaf and deaf/blind people

PE812 High voltage transmission lines

PE873 Post polio syndrome

PE931 Skin cancer

PE932 Supporting people funding arrangements

PE936 Siting oil depots in residential areas

PE944 Equal access rights for parents

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on hospital car parking charges; annual monitoring of advice agencies; public sector contracts; mandatory fitting of seatbelts on school buses; violence against women; the environmental impact of windfarm developments; post offices in the Borders; St. Margaret’s Hospice and planning applications.

The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on awareness, diagnosis and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea; cranial abnormalities in babies; muscular dystrophy; investment in swimming pools; use of jet skis near public beaches; high hedges; protection from broken glass; home loss payment; community leisure facilities; school clothing grant and Shetland Islands Regulated Fishery (Scotland) Order 1999.

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
4 December 2007
13th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

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

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth; Malcolm Reed, Chief Executive, Transport Scotland; and John Mason, Director of Climate Change and Water Industry Directorate, John Ewing, Director of Transport Directorate, and David Reid, Deputy Director of Finance, Scottish Government.

3. Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Climate Change Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the Legislative Consent Memorandum lodged by John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (LCM(S3) 4.1), and take evidence from—

Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change; and Philip Wright, Deputy Director of Climate Change, Elizabeth Baird, Head of UK Climate Change Branch, and Rosemary Whaley, Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government.

4. Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

5. Budget Process 2008/09: The Committee will consider its approach to its report on the Budget Process 2008/09.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting it is expected that the Committee will consider its draft report on the Scottish Budget 2008/09. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
4 December 2007
14th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

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

Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill at Stage 1.

2. Legislative consent memorandum: The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill.

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

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

the Licensing (Relevant Offences) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI2007/513);

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

The Zootechnical Standards Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI2007/521); and

the Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI2007/522).

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

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 4) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/523).

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) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI2007/527).

6. Combining powers in SSIs: The Committee will consider correspondence with the Scottish Government.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 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 Scottish Government’s response to issues raised by the Committee on the delegated powers in the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee will also take evidence on its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Local Government and Communities Committee
5 December 2007
12th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.15 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 6 and 7 in private.

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

the Business Improvement Districts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/510).

3. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence from—

Cllr Pat Watters, President, Rory Mair, Chief Executive, and Martin Booth, Head of Finance, COSLA.

4. Elections 2007: The Committee will take evidence on the report of the Electoral Commission "Taking forward the Electoral Commission’s independent review of the 2007 Scottish Parliamentary and local government elections" from—

Sir Neil McIntosh CBE, Commissioner, Peter Wardle, Chief Executive and Andy O’Neill, Head of Office, Scotland, The Electoral Commission.

Not before 11.30 am:

5. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, David Henderson, Head of Local Government Finance, and Graham Owenson, Local Government Finance Team Leader, Scottish Government.

6. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will consider evidence heard today and at its previous meeting.

7. Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: The Committee will consider possible witnesses.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 12 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider its draft report to the Finance Committee on the budget process 2008-09. The Committee will give further consideration to the Electoral Commission’s report on the 2007 Elections at subsequent meetings.

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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
5 December 2007
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decision to take business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 and all future items relating to the draft report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09 in private.

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

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Chris McCrone, Finance Team Leader, Finance Directorate, and Graeme Dickson, Director, Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Scottish Government.

3. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will discuss its approach to producing a draft report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 12 December, it is expected that the Committee will hear oral evidence from the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism on the Legislative Consent Memorandum for the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts [HL] Bill. The Committee will also continue its scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 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
5 December 2007
12th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

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

Cllr Isabel Hutton, Education, Children and Young People spokesperson, Jon Harris, Strategic Director, and Robert Nicol, Policy Manager, COSLA.

Not before 10.30 am:

and then from—

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Colin MacLean, Director, Children, Young People and Social Care Directorate, Liz Hunter, Director, Schools Directorate, and Mark Batho, Director, Lifelong Learning Directorate, Scottish Government.

2. Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 12 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider its draft report to the Finance Committee on the budget process 2008-09 and agree 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.

Health and Sport Committee
5 December 2007
11th 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 Feed (Corn Gluten Feed and Brewers Grains) (Emergency Control) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/493);

the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/500); and

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

2. Legislative Consent Memorandum LCM(S3) 5.1: The Committee will take evidence from—

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Paul Martin, Chief Nursing Officer and Interim Director of Workforce, Audrey Cowie, Professional Adviser – Regulation and Workforce Standards and Kathleen Preston, Scottish Government Solicitor, Scottish Government.

3. Budget process 2008/09: The Committee will take evidence from—

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Scottish Government.

4. Budget process 2008/09 (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence heard today.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 12 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider its approach to its Balance of Care inquiry and its work programme.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
5 December 2007
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Scottish Government’s Budget 2008-09: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Budget Spending Review 2007 from—

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, John Mason, Director of the Environmental Quality Directorate and the Climate Change and Water Industry Directorate, David Wilson, Director of the Marine Directorate, Andy Robb, Director of the Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate, Ingrid Clayden, Head of the Rural Development Division, Rural Directorate, and David Reid, Head of Rural Affairs and Environment Finance, Finance Directorate, Scottish Government,

and decide whether to consider a draft report to the Finance Committee in private at its meeting on 19 December.

Not before 11.30 am:

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

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, David Wilson, Director of the Marine Directorate, Frank Strang, Head of the Sea Fisheries Conservation Division, and Simon Dryden, Head of Licensing and Effort Management, Scottish Government.

3. Flooding and flood management: Committee members who participated in the visits to Perth and the River Devon, and to Glasgow and East Kilbride, on 27 November will report back to the Committee.

4. Rural housing: The Committee will decide who is to be its reporter on rural housing for the purpose of attending the Rural Housing Service Annual Conference 2008.

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following document that is subject to negative procedure—

Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part IIA Contaminated Land: The Radioactive Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2007 – Draft Statutory Guidance (SE2007/168)

and the following negative instruments—

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

the Seed Potatoes (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI2007/520);

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

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No.4) Regulations 2007 (SSI2007/523).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Budget Spending Review 2007 and review its work programme.

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

Audit Committee
5 December 2007
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 5 and 6 in private.

2. Overseas staff in the NHS, pre-employment checks: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Overseas staff in the NHS, pre-employment checks". (AGS/2007/9).

3. Police call management: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report "Police call management, an initial review". (AGS/2007/8).

4. Consideration of the title and remit of the Audit Committee: The Committee will consider a note from the Clerk on the title and remit of the Audit Committee.

5. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the AGS report entitled "Overseas staff in the NHS, pre-employment checks". (AGS/2007/9).

6. Section 22 Report on Western Isles Health Board: The Committee will consider detailed arrangements for its inquiry on the Section 22 report "The 2006/07 Audit of the Western Isles Health Board".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report on the NHS overview.

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

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