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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

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, Ruth Parsons, Director, Public Service Reform Directorate 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. Health and Social Care Bill (UK legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, (LCM(S3) 5.1) and 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, Dr Kevin Woods, Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director-General, Health, Alex Smith, Interim Director of Finance, Health Directorate-General and Pam Whittle, Director of Public 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 (SE 2007/168)

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 (SSI 2007/520);

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 (SSI 2007/523).

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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