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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
18 December 2007
14th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. 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 15 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider its draft report on its inquiry into the effective use of police resources. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Equal Opportunities Committee
18 December 2007
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Disability inquiry: The Committee will take evidence on the recommendations made in the report Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities, published by the Equal Opportunities Committee in session 2 of the Parliament, from—

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

2. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 15 January 2008, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health, on the Scottish Government strategy All Our Futures: Planning for a Scotland with an ageing population.

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

Health and Sport Committee
18 December 2007
13th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 12.15 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 2 in private.

2. Budget process 2008/09: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider its approach to its inquiry into the balance of health care and its draft report on the Budget process 2008/09.

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

Public Petitions Committee
18 December 2007
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

PE1098 Mandatory fitting of seatbelts on school buses

Lynn Merrifield will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition accompanied by Fiona Martin and Helen Eadie MSP.

PE1105 St. Margaret of Scotland Hospice

Marjorie McCance will make a biref statement to the Committee in support of her petition accompanied by Professor Leo Martin and Sister Rita Dawson.

PE1091 Hospital car parking charges

PE1096 Annual monitoring of advice agencies

PE1097 Public sector contracts

PE1101 Planning applications

PE1102 Post offices in the Borders

PE1103 Violence against women

PE1104 Environmental impact of windfarm developments

2. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—

PE953 Awareness, diagnosis and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

PE960 Cranial abnormalities in babies

PE965 Muscular dystrophy

PE966 Investment in swimming pools

PE978 Use of jet skis near public beaches

PE984 High hedges

PE986 Protection from broken glass

PE988 Home loss payment.

PE990 Community leisure facilities

PE999 School clothing grant

PE1003 Shetland Islands Regulated Fishery (Scotland) Order 1999.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 15 January 2008, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on provision of ambulance services, provision of motorcycle facilities, review of recruitment policies for foreign teachers, reform of the public appointments process, diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and review of the Stewart Committee report.

The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on institutional child abuse, publication of criminal memoirs, surreptitious medication, traffic regulation orders and disabled parking bays, local authority consultation in relation to traffic orders, Accountant in bankruptcy, foreign language learning, residential care for the elderly, standard of care for the housebound elderly, Calmac Dunoon to Gourock ferry service, employment for disabled people, Blue Badge scheme, cancer research strategy, physiotherapists guarantee

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
18 December 2007
14th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 4 in private.

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

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

3. Inquiry into Ferry Services in Scotland: The Committee will consider proposals for external meetings and Reporter visits in relation to its inquiry.

4. Budget Process 2008-09: The Committee will consider its draft report on the Budget Process 2008-09.

Proposed future business

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
18 December 2007
16th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Inquiry into the regulatory Framework in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry from––

Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business;

Ken Thomson, Director, Civil & International Justice and CPS; and

Al Gibson, Policy Adviser, Constitutional and Parliamentary Secretariat.

2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—

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

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

Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill at Stage 1

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

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

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 subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 (Modification) Order 2008 (SSI 2007/draft).

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

the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/549);

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2007 (SSI 2007/550);

the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Export and Movement Restrictions) (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/552);

the Licensing (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/553); and

the Sheep and Goats (Identification and Traceability) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/559).

7. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—

the Education (Recognised Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/557); and

the Education (Listed Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/558).

8. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): 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 14 December.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 January 2008, it is expected that the Committee will consider Scottish Statutory Instruments and other documents subject to parliamentary procedure.

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