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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 2008, 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. Draft 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);

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

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

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

the Licensing (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/553).

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

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

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

8. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence heard at the meeting.

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.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
19 December 2007
12th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

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

2. Update on energy issues: The Committee will consider a paper from the clerk on the energy sector, updating members on the proposed UK Energy Bill, a response from the Scottish Government on PE837 and PE969 and a proposal to arrange briefings as part of the Committee’s forthcoming energy inquiry.

3. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 16 January 2008, it is expected that the Committee will discuss its Tourism inquiry.

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
19 December 2007
14th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Petition PE1046: The Committee will take evidence from—

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Kellett, and Donald Henderson, Deputy Directors, Schools Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

Proposed future business

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

Health and Sport Committee
19 December 2007
14th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. Inquiry into the balance of health care: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Frances Elliot, Medical Director, NHS Fife; Dr Charles Swainson, Medical Director, NHS Lothian; Dr Angus Cameron, Medical Director, NHS Dumfries and Galloway; and Sandra Laurenson, Chief Executive, NHS Shetland.

3. Budget process 2008/09: The committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 January 2008, it is expected that the Committee will consider subordinate legislation.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
19 December 2007
14th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 4 and 5 in private.

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

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

3. Budget process 2008-09 (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09.

4. Fuel poverty: The Committee will review its work on the Scottish Government’s Central Heating Programme, Warm Deal Scheme, etc. and consider further work in this area.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 16 January 2008, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill and the Scottish Government’s "Firm Foundations" report. Both items are subject to confirmation.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
19 December 2007
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Rural housing seminar: The Convener will report on the seminar entitled "Key Themes in Rural Housing", held in Aviemore on 10 December.

2. Work Programme: The Committee will review its forward work programme.

3. Petition PE749: The Committee will consider a response by Scottish Water in relation to the petition by Geoffrey Kolbe, on behalf of Newcastleton and District Community Council, seeking a moratorium on the spreading of sewage sludge.

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

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

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

5. Scottish Government’s Budget 2008-08 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 January 2008, the Committee will hear oral evidence from the Meteorological Office as part of its flooding and flood management inquiry and will consider its approach to its inquiry into rural housing.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on flooding and flood management at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Audit Committee
19 December 2007
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 5

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

2. Overview of Scotland’s health and the performance of the NHS: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Overview of Scotland’s health and the performance of the NHS". (AGS/2007/10)

3. Section 22 Report: The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture and the Accountable Officer of the sponsoring directorate on the Auditor General for Scotland’s Section 22 report entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of the Scottish Arts Council".

4. Estate management in higher education: The Committee will consider a further response from the Scottish Funding Council on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Estate management in higher education" (AGS/2007/6).

5. Choice of temporary convener: The Committee will choose a temporary convener for its meeting on 11 January 2008.

6. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the AGS report entitled "Overview of Scotland’s health and the performance of the NHS". (AGS/2007/10)

7. Dealing with offending by young people: The Committee will consider its approach to a forthcoming evidence session on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people". (AGS/2007/4)

Proposed future business

Subject to receiving the necessary parliamentary approvals, at its next meeting on 11 January 2008, it is expected that the Committee will meet in Stornoway to take evidence on its inquiry into the Section 22 report "The 2006/07 Audit of the Western Isles Health Board".

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