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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

Finance Committee
10 December 2007
12th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 11.45 am in the Falcon Scott Suite, Discovery Point, Dundee

1. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider the outcome of the workshop sessions involving local organisations held before the start of the meeting.

Not before 2.00 pm

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

John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Alyson Stafford, Director of Finance, and Craig Russell, Head of Efficient Government Delivery, Scottish Government.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 December, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Financial Memorandum 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.

European and External Relations Committee
11 December 2007
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Scottish Government’s ‘A National Conversation’: The Committee will take evidence from—

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

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

Professor Russel Griggs, CBI Scotland’s adviser on regulation

Norrie McLean, Chairman, Scottish Food and Drink Federation

and then from—

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC.

3. EU Services Directive: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

4. EU Reform Treaty: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government.

5. Inquiry into the transposition of EU directives: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 January, it is expected that the Committee will take further oral evidence on the transposition of EU directives inquiry and will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government on a Maritime Policy for the European Union.

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

Justice Committee
11 December 2007
13th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 1

1. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions—

PE767 by Norman Dunning, on behalf of ENABLE, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to review the operation and effectiveness of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976; and

PE997 by Peter Cox, on behalf of the Mothers for Justice Campaign, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to provide greater protection to the children and partners of abusive parents by introducing legislation to ensure that (a) where an allegation of abuse has been made against a parent, access rights are suspended pending a full investigation; (b) all previous convictions of an abusive parent are taken into account before access rights are granted; (c) all access hearings are held in open court; and (d) all sheriffs who deal with child custody cases are given appropriate training.

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

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

3. Draft budget scrutiny 2008-09: The Convener will report back on the Health and Sport Committee’s scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s draft budget in relation to support for offenders with drug and alcohol problems, which he participated in on 28 November 2007.

4. Draft budget scrutiny 2008-09 (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report.

5. Effective use of police resources inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider options for its draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 December, it is expected that the Committee will further consider its draft report on its scrutiny of the draft budget 2008-09. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Equal Opportunities Committee
11 December 2007
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2) (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report to the Finance Committee.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport, on the recommendations made in the report Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities, published by the Equal Opportunities Committee in session 2 of the Parliament, and a draft report 2008-09 budget process.

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

Finance Committee
11 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 decide whether to consider item 3 in private and a draft report on the budget process 2008-09 in private at future meetings.

2. Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill from—

Derek Casey, Interim Chief Executive, Organising Committee;

Lynn Brown, Executive Director Financial Services, Glasgow City Council; and

Nick Brown, Bill Team Leader, and Maureen McGeown, Finance Team Leader, Scottish Government;

and will decide whether to consider a draft report on the Financial Memorandum in private at a future meeting.

3. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence sessions on the budget process 2008-09, in order to inform the drafting of its report.

Proposed future business

The Committee is unlikely to meet again until 2008.

The Committee expects to consider a draft report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09 at future meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
11 December 2007
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Cross-Party Groups (Standards): The Committee will consider applications for recognition from four proposed Cross-Party Groups.

2. Elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (Procedures): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerks.

3. Review of equalities in the work of Committees (Procedures): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerks.

4. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider the following items in private: item 5 on its work programme, item 6 on a request from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, and a draft report on elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body at future meetings.

5. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme, taking account of the resolution passed by Parliament on the budget process on 8 November 2007.

6. Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner (Standards): The Committee will consider a request for a direction from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 15 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider Cross-Party Group applications; a note by the Clerks on points of order in the Chamber and a draft report on elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. It is also expected that the Committee will consider written evidence from members on its review of section 8 of the Code of Conduct, and responses to the Public Appointments Commissioner in Scotland’s report CPA/2007/02. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
11 December 2007
15th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 6, and all future items where it considers evidence heard in relation to its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland, in private.

2. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry from—

Sylvia Jackson, former Convener of the Subordinate Legislation Committee; Murray Tosh, former member of the Subordinate Legislation Committee; and Iain Jamieson, former adviser to the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

3. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill––

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

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

the Police (Promotion) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/528);

the Water Environment (Drinking Water Protected Areas) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/529);

the Registration Services (Fees, etc.) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/531);

the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/533);

the Food Labelling (Declaration of Allergens) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/534);

the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Rural Housing Bodies) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/535);

the Seeds (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/536);

the Fishery Products (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/537);

the Meat (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/538); and

the Licensing (Vessels etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/545).

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

the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No. 7) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/530);

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Messengers-at-Arms) 2007 (SSI 2007/532);

Act of Sederunt (Lands Valuation Appeal Court) 2007 (SSI 2007/539); and

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No.10) (Miscellaneous) 2007 (SSI 2007/548).

6. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will consider the evidence heard at the meeting.

The order in which the instruments within agenda items above are taken will be determined by the Convener on Friday 7 December.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider Scottish Statutory Instruments and any other documents subject to parliamentary procedure. The Committee will continue its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland – with evidence from the Minister for Parliament. The Committee will also consider the Scottish Government’s response to issues raised by the Committee on the delegated powers of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill.

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